National Centre for Food Manufacturing seizes an opportunity to go beyond the familiar appearance of an agricultural or industrial shed. Sited on the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus, the brief for a production facility which integrates research and training within the food manufacturing sector has spurred a refreshing approach to design of such buildings.
Despite the sector requirements for highly serviced food process areas, the architects have sought to balance energy issues. Environmentally sound practice includes the appointment of local contractors, reuse of site spoil, use of grasscrete, protection of flora and fauna and use of day light. The brash and bright touches to the décor give a smart commercial ambience to the conference areas supporting the desire for regional producers to do business, train and develop new technologies with academics and food manufacturers. Located in rural Lincolnshire at the heart of agricultural production, the new National Centre for food manufacturing has individuality and presence.