A state-of-the-art headquarters has been officially opened for Claas UK and their dealer Manns of Saxham after three years of construction work.
The striking new HQ building – which encompasses some 33,000m² of space next to the A14 in Suffolk – was officially opened by Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser, chairwoman of the Claas shareholders’ committee, on Friday, 16 October.
Work on the redevelopment of the site commenced in November 2017. Construction work was carried out in phases to enable day-to-day work for the 130 people employed at Saxham to continue with the least possible disruption.
Claas senior vice president Trevor Tyrrell said: “The new building vastly improves the experience for customers and visitors from the UK, Ireland and around the world. It also enables Claas and Manns to provide a superb working environment for employees.”
The new 16.5 metre-high building was designed by BCR Infinity Architects of Cambridge and built by RG Carter. It serves as the headquarters for Claas UK and for their East Anglia dealer Manns.
In addition to offices for both companies, the design also incorporates an impressive full height, glass fronted Technoparc machinery showroom. A further field training and demonstration area is also being developed.
To the rear of the office building is a new 10-bay workshop complex for Manns and a large 4,336m² parts warehouse for Claas UK. Customers are welcome to use the new on-site Seasons restaurant, where 70% of ingredients are locally sourced.
The new state-of-the-art building makes use of the latest energy efficient systems in order to minimise its environmental impact. The passive solar design of the building makes full use of its north facing aspect, and features a full height glazed facade.
Renewably generated electric power and heating for the whole site is sourced from the neighbouring 1.4MW Symonds Farm anaerobic digester plant. Power for electric car charging points on site comes from a photo voltaic solar panel array on the roof.
A water harvesting system with a capacity of 30,000 litres serves a washdown bay for machinery. The Saxham site is also home to the Claas Academy, which provides training for dealer sales, service and parts staff.
Founded over 100 years ago, the Claas Group is one of the largest privately family-owned agricultural machinery manufacturers in the world. Based at Harsewinkel in Germany, it employs 11,400 people globally.
The Manns dealer group has six dealerships throughout the eastern counties where it employs 33 people. The roots of the company go back to the 1930’s when local farmer Bill Mann started importing Claas combines from Germany.