Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Inmos Microprocessor Factory

Date
1982-1987

Client
INMOS Ltd

Location
Gwent, Wales, UK

Gross Floor Area
8,900 m²

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Overview

The INMOS scheme began as a design for a model microchip factory, which could be built quickly (operational within a year of start on-site) in a wide variety of locations, and could be expanded or otherwise adapted without disruption to production. The technical brief demanded highly controlled clinical conditions (protected from dust and vibration) for the manufacture of microprocessors, as well as conventional office space and a staff canteen.

The technical services run externally above a central ‘street’, supported by a steel framework from which the roof is suspended. This ‘street’ is the heart of the scheme, linking the ‘clean’ (microchip production) and the ‘dirty’ (office and support) wings of the building. Above this street, an exoskeleton of masts provides support to services and to the two wings, allowing for column-free and extendable space.

Off-site fabrication allows for quick assembly, with a flexible system that allows for the use of solid, opaque or transparent panels in cladding.

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Awards

1986Constructa Preis for Overall Excellence in the Field of Architecture
1983Eurostructpress Award
1983Financial Times 'Architecture at Work' Award Commendation
1982The Structural Steel Design Award

Date
1982-1987

Client
INMOS Ltd

Location
Gwent, Wales, UK

Area
Gross Floor Area
8,900 m²

Structural Engineer
Anthony Hunt Associates

Services Engineer
YRM Engineers

Quantity Surveyor
GA Hanscomb Partnership

Contractor
Laing Management Contracting Ltd

Team

David Bartlett

Pierre Botschi

Mike Davies

Sally Eaton

Michael Elkan

Marco Goldschmied

Kunimi Hayashi

Tim Inskip

Julia Marks

Peter McMunn

Richard Rogers

John Young

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