Following the acquisition of a strategically located plot at Stansted Airport by Fayair; John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel), together with a team consisting of LPL Construction Services, Pascall and Watson Architects and E+M Tecnica (among others), set about designing a new aircraft hangar with ancillary accommodation for this prestigious Client.
REIDsteel designed, supplied and erected all structural steelwork, cladding, glazing and external doors, plus the six slab, three track, electrically operated, sliding slab hangar doors.
The hangar building used our tried and tested V-braced tied portal framework and consisted of an insulated double skin cladding system on the roof and walls, with fire rated composite panels affording protection at the main partition walls between the hangar and the ancillary accommodation facility.
The roof and walls of the ancillary accommodation are clad with horizontally laid composite panels in two stylish colours and with ventilation louvres colour matched to suit.
Key to the swift delivery of the building into the hands of the Client was good, safe and considerate onsite coordination to enable each trade to undertake their element of the works as efficiently as possible. The level of commitment from all parties was paramount to the successful completion of the project and the end result demonstrates the degree of attention to detail that was administered in every aspect.
The brief required a 120m wide terminal hangar, split into three areas, two of which had to be accessible simultaneously, with a maximum height of 15m and one span designed to house a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).
Biggin Hill Airport Ltd chose the successful partnership of Civils Contracting Ltd and REIDsteel to fulfil this brief.
For our unique solution the hangar door has nine slabs and three tracks with a tailgate door.
Three slabs are designed to jump the gap dictated by the BBJ requirement and the remaining two spans are high enough at 9.2m tall to allow the entry of the more usual type of business jet.
These hangar doors are sheeted in microrib profile composite panels manufactured by Kingspan, and they include personnel doors which have no threshold to them. The Hangar also features a service door for towing trucks or deliveries.
The 4.3m tall tailgate opening takes the available height to 13.5m.
Innovative engineering allows the slabs to ‘jump’ the 3m gap created in the top track by the tailgate opening.
Most of the weight of the doors is borne by the bottom rolling track.
The top track supplies stability and the power to the door motors and controls.
REIDsteel constructed this 5700m2 maintenance hangar at Shannon for Aer Rianta to keep the world renowned UPS Courier Services airborne and carrying cargo to all parts of the globe.
Built as a maintenance facility for servicing the UPS fleet, this hangar was designed by REIDsteel to accommodate aircraft up to B747- 400 size. The customer specified the use of a lifting fabric type Megadoor, 76 metres wide by 20 metres high.
In addition to the hangar we designed and built the two storey office structure providing in excess of 2000m² of administration and workshop space. The curtain walling, windows and glazed doors were also made by us as were the access cat ladders and maintenance safety rails.
Lufthansa Technik Malta specialises in the maintenance and repair of Airbus, Boeing and other large aircraft. To further expand and develop their company, LTM chose REIDsteel to design and manufacture a maintenance complex in Malta, with two bays in addition to current services.
This Lufthansa aircraft hangar is 280m wide in three clear spans of 91.5m.
It is 90m deep with a clear height of 26m under all the steelwork, fronted with 18 electrically operated door leaves, the largest two doors being 26 metres high by 91.5 metres wide.
The narrow body hangar has a door with 6 slabs on 3 tracks, giving clear entrance of 60m wide, left, right or centre, by 15m clear height.
The two higher aircraft hangars have 12 doors slabs on 3 tracks, giving an entrance up to 120m wide open left, right or centre, with 26m height overlapping on each hangar.
The new facility will be able to accommodate two Airbus A380s and many narrow body aircraft simultaneously as well as having a number of workshops within it.
In addition to Lufthansa and Air Malta aircraft, customers include: Spanair, AirOne, BMI , Germanwings, Fly Niki, Privat Air, Arik Air, Wizz Air, SunExpress and Livingston Energy Flight.
Biggin Hill Airport, UK.
REIDsteel have recently completed work on the new Rizon Jet MRO hangar and fixed base operation (FBO) at Biggin Hill Airport, London.
Rizon Jet is a charter operator in the Gulf region, with FBO and maintenance facilities in Europe, focusing on travel for senior executives, highranking government officials and professionals.
The contemporary and stylish aircraft terminal is now the Rizon Jet European Base, and covers a total area of 13,000m2.
Rizon Jet’s stunning new two-level FBO / VIP Terminal has been designed to cater for an international clientele mainly from Europe and the Middle East.
The ground floor level features five open seating areas and the mezzanine floor offers enclosed lounge areas with two private lounges for clients as well as a crew lounge with work stations and a dedicated rest area.
The FBO / VIP Terminal features REIDsteel silicone glazed curtain walling with circular and ‘stadium’ shaped automatic sliding doors.
The Rizon Jet aircraft hangar is equipped with a REIDsteel electrically operated hangar door, providing an entrance 59.6m wide x 10.2m high, as well as four crane beams to support two REIDsteel underslung cranes. The cranes have a span of 36.5m and a down-shop length of 88m, and are controlled by remote control.
All the steelwork, the glazing and curtain walling was designed, made and installed by REIDsteel.