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04 December 2008

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Julia Davies
T: +44 (0)113 203 1490
E: julia.davies@riba.org

Winner announced for Redevelopment of JCB's Heavy Products Site in Uttoxeter

London based practice McDowell + Benedetti has won the competition to develop a masterplan for the redevelopment of JCB's Heavy Products site in Uttoxeter. McDowell + Benedetti were selected in preference to Birmingham based Glenn Howells Architects. Both teams had been identified as preferred teams at the end of the first stage of the competition and been invited to develop further design ideas with JCB.  

The relocation of the Heavy Products business to a new, larger and more accessible £40 million plant next to the JCB World Parts Centre on the outskirts of Uttoxeter has presented the opportunity to redevelop the town centre site and contribute to the wider renaissance of Uttoxeter, where the Bamford family has links stretching back almost 200 years.

An application for outline planning permission has already been submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council for the redevelopment, which will significantly reduce heavy goods traffic in and around Uttoxeter.

Both teams demonstrated strong design ideas that would make significant contributions to the redevelopment of the site and the wider renaissance of Uttoxeter.

JCB Chairman, Sir Anthony Bamford said:  "The quality of the entrants was extremely high and the decision to select a winner was difficult but I believe the design masterplan which McDowell + Benedetti have conceived will give the town of Uttoxeter a development to be proud of. "

Notes to editors

  • Please ensure the RIBA is credited when mentioning the above competition
  • The RIBA Competitions Office organises bespoke architectural competitions that encourage excellence in design, offer value for money, and are run smoothly from inception through to the appointment of a winning design or architect / team. 


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