BAM Construction has been chosen to design and build a new factory for Wiltshire-based automotive test equipment specialist AB Dynamics plc.
With completion due next autumn, BAM will create a steel-framed building and associated offices including a bespoke fit-out for the company’s operations on a greenfield site in the county.
Designed by Bath based SRA Architects, the scheme comprises the design and construction of a new engineering and workshop facility plus two-storey office.
The ground floor has a main entrance and reception, café, conference facility, specialist machine workshop and assembly areas. These are divided into an assembly area, machine shop, and robotics workshops.
The first floor will contain offices, a design floor, electrical assembly, soft meeting area, and storage.
External works include hard and soft landscaping, service yard, car parking, secure fencing and gates with a tree and shrub planting scheme.
Orientating the new structure to minimise solar heat gain and studding the roof with north-facing skylights also allows the manufacturing floor and first floor offices to be flooded with natural light.
BAM’s appointment follows a competitive two-stage tender process BAM being selected to work with the client throughout the second stage. The construction value of the contract is around six million pounds. BAM has built up a track record in the industrials sector with recent schemes for Rolls-Royce, Unilever, and Airedale International among others.
Founded by Tony Best in 1982, AB Dynamics supplied the first steering robot for quantitative vehicle testing on the track in 1998, and has now supplied more than 600 driving robot systems around the world, making it the number one supplier in this field.
BAM construction director Neil Dorrington said: “This is a fascinating scheme that requires our technical experience and a close working partnership with our client. It also shows our versatility in our markets, sitting well alongside our other technically challenging buildings like the Living Systems Institute for Exeter University.”
Tim Rogers, managing director of AB Dynamics, said: “We are pleased to be working with a highly experienced contractor to deliver what is an important facility and a milestone in the company’s growth plans for the future.”