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The Renault Building 

Sir Norman Foster's striking design in West Swindon

Swindon's most acclaimed piece of architecture is Sir Norman Foster's former Renault Distribution Centre.
 
The Renault Building, Swindon
A design with va va voom:
the former Renault Building in Swindon
 
Designed under the Renault brief of:
 
"becoming recognisable within your market, you must also become recognisable in the environment"
 
the world famous architect lived up to his reputation with a radically innovative approach that produced a structure with such an identifiable large, yellow roof that the building did not have a sign on it to identify the company - the roof was enough.
 
Grade II listed

Opened on 15 June 1983 by French Secretary of State for Consumer Affairs, Madame Catherine Lalumiere, the building is primarily made up of 42 identical 24 x 24m square bays, which housed a warehouse, distribution center, offices, a showroom for cars and trucks, a training school and a restaurant.
 
It became Grade II listed building in 2013.
  
The Renault Building, Swindon
 
The design won a number of awards in the following years including the prestigious Financial Times 'Architecture at Work' Award in 1984.
 
Renault moved out in 2001 when they transfered their operations to the East Midlands.
 
After remaining empty for nearly four years, it became warehouse space for various companies plus a Ford van dealership.
 
It was renamed the Spectrum in 2005.
 
It is now home to TS Tech, who supply car seats to the nearby Honda plant. The car showroom area is a now an indoor children's play arena.
 
In October 2013, some of the UK's top slackliners performed a high-wire act across foor of its steel stanchions.
 
calyx
    
James Bond location
 
As with the Motorola Building, Swindon's notable architecture attracted the producers of the Bond film "A View to a Kill" for scenes featuring 007, Roger Moore in 1984.
 
Roger Moore as james Bond filming at the Renualt Building, Swindon
Premium Bond:
007 Roger Moore and Patrick MacNee
between scenes at the Renault Building in 1984

And what is even more surprising is that this was not Sir Norman's first Swindon FT winning design.
 
He won the same award for his design of the Reliance Controls Electronics Factory, Greenbridge, Swindon in 1967. The building was unfortunately demolished in 1991 to make way for PC World. 

Key Facts:

Building dimensions: 288m x 96m Height
High point: 10m
Low point: 7.5m
Diameter of columns: 450mm
Car Darking spaces: 180
Total net building cost (1983 rates): :8,266,400 or 349 per sq m
23,650 sq m total built area - shell cost: 210 per sq m
Services: 85 per sq m
Fittings: 53 per sq m  

Principal awards:

1984 Structural Steel Award
1984 Civic Trust Award
1984 Financial Times 'Architecture at Work' Award
1986 Constructa Prize for Industrial Architecture in Europa
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