Mercedes F1 team unveils sustainability-focused campus plans
The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 team has revealed the next stage of a £70m renovation of its F1 factory in the UK town of Brackley, boasting sustainability at the core of its design.
After moving to the site in 2010 following the acquisition of Brawn GP, the team is now working towards an expanded ‘Silicone Valley-style’ parkland campus.
Mercedes’ net zero targets are at the heart of the plans, with power set to come from 100% renewable energy via on-site and off-site sources. A new, relocated car park will see the campus become a pedestrian zone and will also incorporate a full solar array.
The upgraded facilities will also be more efficient, with the team aiming for a 50% reduction in water consumption per person per day, with more than 60% of office waste being recycled.
The team is set to make a £30m investment commitment, after it purchased the Brackley site outright last year.
Mercedes Team Principal and Chief Executive Toto Wolff said: “Our campus was originally built to accommodate 350 people. Today, we are at 1,250.
“The development of the campus over the last five years was done at an astonishing pace. Now, what we are planning to do is to expand with multiple new buildings and creating a modern style campus. There will be breakout areas, restaurants, and a state-of-the-art gym and marketing building.”
The campus will also feature a new Health and Wellbeing Centre, a gateway Marketing Building and a new parking structure, which will be shared with Brackley Town Football Club. The aim is to offer matchday improvements for the local community, helping to enable an almost ‘car-free’ environment around the campus. The solar array will help to charge over 70 electric vehicles using Mercedes’ own renewable energy infrastructure.
Mercedes also boasts a dedicated engine facility – Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains – located in the village of Brixworth, 27 miles north of Brackley.