Mercedes Benz World

Project Details

Located at the famous historic Brooklands motor racing circuit, Mercedes Benz World combines showcasing technological and heritage design with unique test driving facilities.  Our work included careful masterplanning design, working within the constraints of London’s Green Belt, the River Wey floodplain and the Conservation Area and Scheduled Ancient Monument designations that cover this important historic site.  The design framework for the site, which includes Brooklands Hotel, sought to reinforce the strong heritage associated with the site.

RTPI Planning Awards 2007 – Heritage Award

Elmbridge Borough Council Design & Conservation Award 2007

Design Details

  • The spirit of the historic race track and airfield are respected through maintaining an open landscape
  • The contemporary angular forms of the architecture to the Mercedes Benz World Building are complemented with a grove of semi mature fastigiate Oak trees, complementing the native woodland found adjacent to the site
  • Driving experience circuits and skid pan set within a species rich acidic grassland, managed for nature conservation to provide habitat for invertebrates
  • Restoration of the historic Brooklands race track which is a Scheduled Monument
  • Creation of a new Community Park and storm water attenuation to provide flood resilience to existing residential communities
  • The ‘Solomon Straight’ of the Campbell Circuit has been represented through streamlined detailing, with the historic route marked out across the site and running straight through the hotel’s reception lobby
  • Integration of safety fences into drainage swales that from part of the water management for the development
Location:

Surrey

Site Area:

60HA

Client:

Daimler

Architects:

Aukett Swanke / Terence O'Rourke

Engineer:

Giffords (Ramboll)

Project Value:

£7m