The concept design for the facility was developed by RPS to provide capacity for two Boeing 787 Dreamliners, or other wide body aircraft, such as the Boeing 777, 747 and Airbus A350. Alternatively, the facility will be large enough to accommodate 10 narrow-body aircraft. To achieve this, a key component of the hangar structure is the 80 tonne, 4.2m deep ‘valley truss’ beam spanning 66m. The facility incorporates approximately 25,000ft2 of offices for fleet management plus specialist workshop space for the inspection and repair of modern composite materials. This state-of-the-art facility is a significant addition to Birmingham Airport’s infrastructure.
The RPS specialist Aviation team has been MAEL’s Employer’s Agent and through collaborative working with the client and construction team has ensured that delivery was achieved on time for MAEL’s growing winter maintenance programme, whilst also meeting very tight budgetary constraints. On reaching Practical Completion on 7 October, Mick Adams, Managing Director of Monarch Aircraft Engineering, confirmed that this was in no small part due to the efforts of RPS Group Plc as well as their own staff, the contractor, John Sisk and Son Ltd and Birmingham Airport.
RPS provided architectural, civil and structural, and building services engineering for the concept design for the building and has supported Birmingham Airport in the Planning process and the design of the new taxiway link. RPS has also provided CDM-C services.