National Maritime Systems Centre

National Maritime Systems Centre



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The Brief

Faced with a long-term strategic need for a facility that is capable of exploiting emerging technologies at pace, we were appointed to design a National Maritime Systems Centre that will spearhead technological advances including autonomy, intelligent systems and big data.


Our intent was to create a world leading testing facility to consolidate QinetiQ and the Solent’s position within the sector. Briefed to attract the next generation of talent, the contemporary open plan space provides a modern working environment with views over Portsdown Harbour and Winchesters’ rolling hills.

"We have created a centre of excellence for Maritime Systems to inspire our current and future generations and deliver mission-led innovation for our customers."

Steve Fitz-Gerald, Group Managing Director of QinetiQ Maritime and Land Division


The main entrance to the building rises up as you approach from the road, seeming to peel up and away from the hillside to reveal the entrance reception.

The building design integrates highly engineered areas, demanding telecommunication routes and storage facilities, with commercial office space and VIP areas that represent QinetiQ at the highest level.


5, 195 sq m (55,900 sq ft)
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