Commercial Properties

DSA Driving Test Centre, Ipswich

Ransomes Europark

A small building on a very large plot; at first sight this project may seem to consist almost entirely of a concrete apron. In fact the facility for the Driving Standards Agency provides manoeuvring areas for all vehicles from motorcycles to articulated lorries; allowing the driving skills of riders and drivers to be tested without venturing onto the roads.

The design was the prototype for a facility which is to be applied to Test Centres throughout the country as part of a strategy to support a new more rigorous motorcycle test which is being introduced in 2008. The Driving Standards Agency subjected the design to a good deal of scrutiny and revision as part of the prototype development process.

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  • Photo of DSA Driving Test Centre
  • Photo of DSA Driving Test Centre

Employer:
W A Hills (for Driving Standards Agency)
Project:
New driving test centre
Capital Value:
£1m
Contract:
Design and build
Completed:
October 2006
Consultants:
T A Milllard - Structural Engineer, Farrell & Turner - M&E Engineer

This facility in Ransomes Europark in Ipswich has been operational since October 2006 and 20 sites across the country will be operational by 2008. Further information is available at the DSA website.