Working for Balfour Beatty, Billington Structures Ltd have provided the structural steelwork for a hangar that will be used to maintain Airbus A400 Atlas four-engine military transport aircraft. The hangar will cover 24,000 square metres and require 3,000 tonnes of steel.
Billington has now lifted into place the first of the 90-tonne, 10m-deep primary trusses, using a complex tandem lift requiring two lattice boom crawler cranes.
This is the third phase of the four-phase project. Phase 3 involves construction of the hangar, gantry cranes, aircraft ground equipment store, forward support stores including engine and tyre bays and a three-story office block. Completion due date is May 2016.
The hangar is the first construction contract DIO awarded under its Next Generation Estates Contracts (NGEC) national framework, which procures building and civil engineering projects valued at up to £50m.
In the final Phase 4, Defence Equipment & Support and Airbus will complete internal fit-out.
The three-bay hangar is designed also to accommodate C17 freight and A330 personnel aircraft.