RSHP

UOP

Project Partners
Richard Rogers
Renzo Piano

Project Leads
John Young

Project Partners
Richard Rogers
Renzo Piano

Project Leads
John Young

Job Sheets
English

Job Sheets
English

Date
1973-1974

Client
UOP Fragrances

Location
Tadworth, UK

Overview

Originally designed in 1969, this highly innovative project for UOP, a development with Zip-Up principles of flexibility, low cost, minimum maintenance and energy efficient applied to an industrial structure, had remained unbuilt.

The company later returned to Piano + Rogers with a commission to build a factory on a new site at Tadworth.

A pragmatic approach produced what the brief demanded – a flexible, high-performance building with scope for growth and change. Internal divisions between offices, laboratories and manufacturing areas were achieved with full height, demountable glazed walls creating a feeling of spaciousness, affording long views throughout the facility and visual contact between employees working on different aspects of the company’s business. Only the stores area, containing highly flammable compounds, was hidden from view behind a two-hour fire wall. The use of large sandwich wall panels (6” thick), sealed with neoprene, on a steel frame made for rapid assembly of the basic envelope.

The building stood apart from the general run of industrial structures being built in Britain at this period. Its economy, generosity of space and sheer verve – the use of colour was striking – impressed and seemed to point the way towards a new industrial vernacular. The building, widely publicised, helped to establish the practice’s reputation in the field of industrial builing.

Data

Awards  
1975RIBA Regional Award Commendation
1975British Steel Corporation Structural Steel Design Award

Team
Sally Appleby, Rita Bormioli, Peter Flack, Marco Goldschmied, Eric Holt, Niki van Oosten, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Peter Ullathorne, Neil Winder, John Young

Project Partners
Richard Rogers
Renzo Piano

Project Leads
John Young

Job Sheets
English

Project Partners
Richard Rogers
Renzo Piano

Project Leads
John Young

Job Sheets
English

Date
1973-1974

Location
Tadworth, UK

Gross Floor Area
1 700 m²

Architect
Piano + Rogers

Structural Engineer
Anthony Hunt Associates

Quantity Surveyor
Monk Dunstone Associates

Landscape Architect
Landscape Design Partnership

Contractor
James Longley & Co. Ltd

Data

Awards  
1975RIBA Regional Award Commendation
1975British Steel Corporation Structural Steel Design Award

Team
Sally Appleby, Rita Bormioli, Peter Flack, Marco Goldschmied, Eric Holt, Niki van Oosten, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Peter Ullathorne, Neil Winder, John Young

Date
1973-1974

Location
Tadworth, UK

Gross Floor Area
1 700 m²


Architect
Piano + Rogers

Structural Engineer
Anthony Hunt Associates

Quantity Surveyor
Monk Dunstone Associates

Landscape Architect
Landscape Design Partnership

Contractor
James Longley & Co. Ltd

Project Partners
Richard Rogers
Renzo Piano

Project Lead
John Young

Job Sheets
English

Project Partners
Richard Rogers
Renzo Piano

Project Leads
John Young

Job Sheets
English

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