10 Facts You Didn't Know About The MTC
1. The MTC has a Siphonic roof for drainage. Due to the fact that the MTC has a flat roof it can collect rainwater easily. So the pillars on the Boulevard act as drainpipes and the Siphonic roof creates a type of plughole system to drain water from the roof and back into the lake quickly and efficiently.
2. The Biotype lake at the front of the MTC serves as the buildings cooling system. It uses hydrothermal power to heat and cool the building that are linked to heat exchangers. As well as cooling the building the heat exchangers also cool the wind tunnel down after use.
3. The MTC stands at only 11 meters high but serves 57,000m2 of office space, due to much of the building being hidden underground. This is down to the fact that the whole area around the MTC is greenbelt land and the building must be hidden from the public roads.
4. There are different air pressures circulating along the Boulevard so that it is the one area where there is no smell.
5. The Skywalk was built using F1 technology through McLaren Applied Technologies. In order to suspend the walkway from the ceiling it has a suspension system built into the structure so that there is slight movement and bounce as you walk along it.
6. The Trophy Cabinet has been built in front of the Staff Restaurant to work as an incentive for everyone in the building. 2 to 3 times a day, nearly 2000 people pass through the Trophy Room to get to the restaurant working as a constant reminder to McLaren’s achievements and as a celebration of all the teamwork involved.
7. The Wind Tunnel serves as its own separate building. It was in operation 18months before the official opening of the MTC. The tunnel has 96 concrete foundation points that go 30 metres into the ground to stop vibration an noise pollution disturbing the office space next door. The wind tunnel also has two 8 megawatt cables that link directly to West Byfleet Sub Power Station.
8. From above, the MTC looks like the ancient Chinese symbol of the Yin Yang. A universal sign for peace and tranquillity. This incorporates how the lake and the building interact with one another, and that one cannot function without the other.
9. The lakeside facade of the MTC has aluminium wind blades built into the structure with stainless steel tie rods. The 12 meter blades have been modelled on the Le Mans winning 1995 McLaren F1 GTR rear wing support struts. They were also manufactured using a simple process.
10. The large cavernous spaces in the streets of the MTC have concave ceilings filled with water to absorb noise. This makes the whole place seem quieter.