Siemens Renewable Energy Engineering Centre
Didsbury, Manchester, United Kingdom
Square Footage: 28,000
The Siemens’ Renewable Energy Engineering Centre (REEC) serves as a catalyst for renewable technology development in the region. The 2-storey REEC provides “laboratory” areas used for the configuration and testing of low-voltage control and protection cubicles for control of the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) power converters and high voltage switchgear for the onshore and offshore wind farm sub-stations.
The main laboratory area is used for interconnecting and testing the control systems for the HVDC converters using a “Real Time Simulation” rack. A smaller, SCADA and protection laboratory at ground floor is used for similar testing of control and protection systems for other parts of the electrical infrastructure.
The entrance to the site provides a strong visual reference for visitors. The existing ecology and landscape was retained as it acts as a buffer between the building and adjacent school to the east of the site. The west elevation incorporates Siemens’ corporate identity and the orientation of the building minimises solar-gain and maximises natural light to the office floor.
Due to the sensitive nature of the project, the entrance foyer and reception addressed access control requirements and allowed for a single access and egress point.