Gulfstream Aerospace has awarded VolkerFitzpatrick a £34 million contract to construct a new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) aircraft hangar at Farnborough Airport. Works began at the start of May and the facility is the first of its kind to be commissioned by Gulfstream, within the UK. The design and build project will see VolkerFitzpatrick construct a purpose-built 220,060ft2 hangar, to house up to 16 of Gulfstream’s private jets as well as maintenance facilities. The building will also include three floors of office space, customer experience areas and a café.
Composition of a steel frame
The base structure will be composed of a steel frame, on top of concrete pad foundations, with 67m trusses over the hangar doors. The building’s envelope will consist of composite clad walls and a standing seam roof. Specialist services will be installed, as well as hangar doors, cranes and a deluge foam sprinkler system. External works will include a new car park, which will connect to the airport’s perimeter road. In addition, the project includes demolition and reconstruction of an external apron, which ties into the taxiway, along with associated lighting and service installation.
Delivery of Gulfstream's purpose-built hangar facility
Stuart Deverill, managing director of VolkerFitzpatrick’s building division, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this exciting project to deliver Gulfstream’s first purpose-built MRO hangar facility in the UK. This is a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to our collaboration over the coming months.” The new hangar is due to be completed in summer 2020, ready for the Farnborough Airshow.