Cummins Ltd. – Daventry – United Kingdom
Cummins purchased the former Herbert Ingersoll Factory in Daventry for the manufacturing high horsepower engines. JCP were invited to double the footprint of the building with a new machine shop as well as the complete internal refurbishment of the existing factory as an Assembly Shop.
By now there was the beginning of a mood against complex architecture; Shotts was currently under construction at this time and was under critical analysis. Our brief was to provide a simple envelope with controlled internal planning suitable for both today’s manufacturing processes as well as any future changes. Therefore a conventional 30 x 60 ft grid was adopted with two longitudinal runs of overhead cranes and parallel service walkways carrying supporting services for efficient distribution to the points of need.
The original ‘Herbert Ingersol’ building was a blind box, with no natural light. However, the new Machine Shop, considered the heavy end of the manufacturing process would be facing due North which gave JC&P the opportunity to glaze the full length of this North elevation with little heat gain from direct sun light, with the added benefit that the employees are constantly aware of the outside weather.