One of Swindon’s most acclaimed pieces of modern architecture, the award- winning Spectrum building, has a new occupant.

Spectrum, which was originally built as Renault’s UK parts distribution centre and was designed by Lord Norman Foster, will be occupied by TS Tech (UK) Ltd, which also has an automotive background and supplies car seats to Honda.

TS Tech will occupy most of the eye-catching building and have taken out a new six-year lease on the warehouse totalling some 210,000ft².

The warehouse will be used for storing car seat components.

Alison Evenett, the production control department manager for TS Tech, said: “We are delighted to be using this remarkable and iconic building.

“It is in amazing condition, which is one of the main reasons we decided to relocate our warehousing there. A lot has been spent on it over the past four or five years and we are also investing in the building.”

TS Tech, a Japanese-owned company with close affiliations to Honda, said there was great awareness of the history of the building, where in 1984 Roger Moore was filmed as 007 in a scene from A View to a Kill.

“That certainly added to its attraction,” said Alison. “But really, it is perfect for us. We are using all the warehousing space, which comprises about 80 per cent of the building.”

She said TS Tech had taken out a six-year lease, with a possible four-year extension.

“This shows our commitment to Swindon,” she said.

TS Tech employs 470 people at its premises on the Blackworth industrial estate, Highworth, where it assembles and manufactures car seats for the Honda UK plant in South Marston.

Until recently it had used a number of warehouses in and around Swindon to store car seat components from Japan and Asia, but decided to place all its warehousing on one site.

Some workers will transfer to the Spectrum Building from the company’s previous sites, and further staff will be recruited.

TS Tech has already begun storing components – used to create cars seats for Honda models including the Civic, CRV and Jazz – at the Spectrum Building, and expects it to be fully operational by mid August.

The building is owned by the Burford Group.

Patrick Anderson of the Burford Group said: “I am delighted that TS Tech is now occupying this building.

“It is pleasing to see it let to a company that is committed to staying in Swindon and that can utilise this high specification warehousing. It is very important to us that it matches their particular requirements and that they are happy there.”

Burford’s retained letting agents are Whitmarsh Lockhart and Savills. James Lockhart, of Whitmarsh Lockhart, acted on behalf of the Burford Group in negotiations with TS Tech, and Colliers CRE acted for TS Tech.

“I really enjoy marketing the Spectrum Building,” said James.

“It is not only one of the most interesting warehouses in the UK but it also attracts a lot of interest worldwide because of its attractive design. Lord Foster originally designed the building for maximum flexibility with demountable walls, etc with the intention of capably being adapted to meet the demands of future occupiers.

“I am delighted that TS Tech have taken the space as it most closely matched their requirements and offers an excellent working environment for their staff.”