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Complex A400M Project Shortlisted for Structural Steel Design Awards

We are delighted that AWW’s A400M project has made the shortlist for the 49th Structural Steel Design Awards by the British Constructional Steelwork Association and Steel for Life.

The A400M Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Facility at RAF Brize Norton is a 23,000sqm, three bay maintenance hangar designed to service A400M and C17 military transport aircraft. In addition to housing three aircraft in hangars equipped with overhead cranes, the building contains specialist workshops for engines, propellers, undercarriage etc., together with parts stores, offices and welfare facilities.

The design was heavily constrained by the demands of the airbase; in particular, clearances around runways and taxiways, the operational requirements of the aircraft and the need to avoid interference with radar and aircraft guidance systems.

Practical completion of the A400M hangar at Brize Norton marked a new highpoint for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) in their transition to full BIM Level 2 design through construction to handover. The entire project, including the structure, façade interior and services, was virtually modelled in three dimensions prior to the contract award to ensure a seamless, clash free design. Alongside the geometric data, a raft of performance and servicing requirements was established to ensure that, at handover, every relevant piece of information could be accessed when required. As part of the project, AWW worked closely with Balfour Beatty to assist them to become one of the first UK organisations to attain the BIM Kitemark.

“This is a well executed design of a complex and contextually constrained project. The resulting form of the facility is both functional whilst at the same time somewhat stealthily composed to soften and minimise visual impact without detriment to a taut and efficient section.” Deep Review Report on the A400M, RAF Brize Norton

The award ceremony will be held in October. Other finalists include the Leadenhall Building in London and Oriam at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.