McLaren's Thought Leadership Centre
Client: McLaren Technology Group
Architect: Foster + Partners
Lucas has completed a detailed sequence of fit out and finishing projects at the new high-tech McLaren Thought Leadership Centre (TLC) on the world-renowned McLaren Technology Centre campus near Woking.
The new facility has been created for presentations, interactive forums and the exchange of ideas. It is a unique, experiential environment, incorporating cutting-edge audiovisual display, sound and lighting, plus real-time data access and simultaneous language translation. It also benefits from live broadcast capabilities, and its state-of-the-art technology redefines traditional communication methods. The Thought Leadership Centre has already played host to an interactive and immersive election debate for CNN, the first of its kind. In keeping with McLaren’s international reputation for innovation and attention to detail, the fit out and finishing in the TLC imposed the highest demands on our team.
A long, sweeping tunnel links the new Thought Leadership Centre with the rest of the campus. Throughout the tunnel McLaren required a flat black seamless surface interspersed with white squares on which to project film and images. Lucas laboratory technicians rose to the challenge and created new variants of our “Extraflex” coatings that flex and hold to the extremely long surfaces, and multi surface paints (MSP) to provide the reflective qualities required for clear moving images.
MSP was used elsewhere in the project for blacking out high level surfaces above suspended ceilings and we re-treated powder-coated grills to create a perfect factory finish. Indeed the use of MSP throughout the project for a variety of coating solutions is testament to the versatility of the product.
The Lucas team also made full use of our large off site spray booth facility at our Wrotham HQ to produce a super high gloss finish – we call it the “RazBak” system after our technicians who developed it – for wall and ceiling panels fitted in the café area and elsewhere in the TLC. We even created a special matching rubber-effect coating for the frames surrounding computer screens and tablets which feature in front of every interactive workstation in the auditorium.
The demands of the entire project demonstrated our ability to bring a “can do” attitude to construction as we completed a variety of works on site and developed high performance coatings to deliver tailor-made solutions for this unique building.