Avent is the UK’s leading manufacturer of precision engineered baby-feeding products and winner of Queen’s Awards for Innovation and Export. Our design seeks to reinforce the ethos of the company, and project the company’s approach to product design and reinforce its identity to international visitors.
The first phase comprised a 120,000 ft² factory for Avent, and provided an extremely cost-effective solution to their operational and business needs. When completed it housed the highest concentration of robotic manufacturing in the UK. Realised at the cost of a simple shed, it has been recognised for architectural excellence and rural regeneration.
Avent was the only purely industrial building among 50 buildings in the UK to win a 2000 RIBA Award for Architecture and was selected by Channel 4 to feature in the documentary “Britain’s Best Buildings”. It also won the Civic Trust Rural Workplace Award in 2001 and features in the Foreign Office’s publication ‘UK Architecture: Building the Future’, and perhaps more importantly, awards from local societies.
The new production facility replaced the crumbling utilitarian wartime parachute packing building, located on the banks of the River Stour, not far from the setting of Constable’s famous painting.
A second phase warehouse and a tent-enclosed yard of a similar scale, for articulated trucks and trailers, has been designed to complete the redevelopment of the site.