Harmsworth Quays Printing

WGI's design for a state-of-the-art automated newspaper printing plant has helped DGMT, owner of the Daily Mail and a large number of other media channels, to operate with maximum efficiency and minimal environmental impact.    
Already enjoying a long-standing relationship with the client, WGI was responsible for full architectural design as lead consultant coordinating the design team and also handling the interior design. 
The brief for the 13,500m2, £25 million plant included achieving best value in the provision of a high quality building to meet demanding production time constraints. The design had to minimise operational and lifecycle costs, incorporate a process layout which minimised risk of production failure, and develop a design based on non-robotic paper reel replacement. 
A 'close fit' building envelope minimises the interior volume to reduce energy consumption and lifecycle costs, provides a simple, clean appearance and adds presence. Natural lighting in the print hall reduces energy consumption, whilst washing and rainwater is recycled. The layout allows for future extension without impacting on production.

Date: 2007
Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire
Client: Harmsworth Quays Printing Limited
Value: £25m
Service: Architecture: Full Design