Offices, Industry and Logistics

Rolls–Royce Headquarters
Chichester, West Sussex

Client: BMW Group

  • Town planning

  • Environmental planning

  • Landscape architecture

  • Graphic design

2007: South East Royal Town Planning Institute (SERTPI) Awards - Award for Development in a Sensitive Area 

The BMW Group required a new world headquarters and manufacturing plant for Rolls-Royce cars.  A site close to the famous Goodwood motor circuit was chosen, for which we prepared a comprehensive planning application and full environmental impact assessment.  

The submissions to Chichester District Council illustrated compelling economic reasons for the scheme to go ahead quickly despite the significant planning constraints applicable to the chosen site.  Planning permission was granted in a very short time, with widespread local support and without the need for a public inquiry.  The company quickly generated up to 500 jobs as well as providing the basis for support activities vital to the local, regional and national economy.  The building is topped with a curving, living roof reflecting the topography of the site and assimilating it into the surrounding sensitive countryside.