The building is a fitting monument to GKN's position at the forefront of technology development and collaboration; a vibrant environment where young STEM students collide with engineers from GKN's 50+ partners.
On the ground floor, an auditorium capable of holding audiences of 100 back people backs onto a "hack space" which can be used by STEM students and collaborators.
The second floor is a diverse collaborative space. Breakout desks provide flexible working spaces for GKN's ecosystem of engineering partners, while a library area provides a space for learning and heads-down work.
GKN have sole access to the first and third floors, with a List X-ready space on the top floor featuring a Faraday cage which blocks any electromagnetic signals.
Security and accessibility have been rigorously balanced across the site, with a comprehensive CCTV infrastructure, access control throughout building, an entrance barrier connected to an ANPR system and cutting-edge intruder alarms.
Our Workplace Technology Package ensured the building's technology infrastructure was future-facing and flexible.
We introduced the GoBright building management software solution, that has come into its own in assisting with Covid19 return to work planning and management. Nureva Span project management software and interactive touch screens were installed in meeting rooms, addressing the desire for more flexible team working.
Our system integrated Starleaf video conferencing alongside the touchscreen systems, meaning key spaces can be used for collaborative sessions as well as point-to-point and point-to-many video conferencing with the highest quality (alongside an impressive central presentation zone, where 9 screens connect into a single seamless display). Light-up panels on each desk show whether that desk is free, and glow purple if the desk hasn't yet been cleaned.
Two huge training rooms with a folding central wall ensure STEM students learn in an expansive, welcoming environment, while a multitude of natural finishes combined with natural light and biophilia to create a warm, welcoming space. A large cycle storage and shower space (with heated lockers) encourages environmentally-friendly travel to the site.
Finally, our Onboarding Handbook provides a comprehensive welcome to anyone using the building, guiding them through all the attributes that make the Global Technology Centre so groundbreaking.
GKN's Global Technology Centre represents a major commitment to developing the sustainable aerospace technology of the future through collaboration and nurturing of new STEM talent.
To call it a workplace doesn't really do it justice.