Toyota HQ With the new Toyota HQ, Sheppard Robson have created a modern and flexible working environment that blends well into the Surrey greenbelt.
Toyota (GB) Ltd wanted a high quality design to reflect and enhance the company image and provide an attractive and efficient working environment that would be lively and stimulating. An RIBA competition for the new 13,000m2 building was launched in April 1997.
Four architect-led design teams were selected from a list of sixteen practices to take part in the competition. The four teams were chosen following a process that involved interviews, presentations and visits to the architects' completed buildings. Following much deliberations Sheppard Robson was announced as the winner of the competition.
The design is centred on a circular drum-shaped reception which links into a central circulation space known as ‘ The Street’. The 100m, three-storey high street provides a focus for exhibitions, display, meeting rooms and accommodates staircase, lifts and lavatories. The character of the street is created by staff and visitors crossing it to reach the offices and staff café and restaurant. The building is environmentally friendly and responds to its green belt environment and proximity to a Grade I listed building.
IstructE Award 2002 – David Alsop Award Commendation
Concrete Society Award 01/02 – Building of the Year & Certificate of Excellence
British Council for Offices Award 2001 – Commendation
British Institute of Facilities Managers 2001 – New Building of the Year