MRO Management

Rubb Buildings lands contract to build MRO hangar for Welsh Government

Rubb Buildings

Rubb Buildings Ltd. has landed a contract to design and build a new MRO hangar on the Welsh Government’s 1,200 acres business park in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The 50m (wide) x 50m (long) x 8m (sidewall height) hangar, with an apex height of 18.5m, will be capable of housing aircraft such as Boeing B737-800s and will be used as a compliant Part 145 MRO operational hub while additional hangars are being built at the new airfield site development.

The 1,200 acres business park includes a fully operational 1,800m runway on a commercial airfield operated by Cardiff Airport. It is located within 15 miles of Cardiff, 20 minutes from the M4, and less than five miles from the airport.

The hangar will be insulated with 150mm Rubb Thermohall® cladding, featuring a goosewing grey exterior and white interior. The Thermohall® system effectively insulates the MRO hangar, resulting in a facility that can be easily climate controlled to suit usage and operations.

The structure includes a vertical lifting fabric Megadoor entry system, featuring a clear width of 42m and overall clear height of 13.5m, offering flexibility in accommodating different aircraft that could be maintained in the hangar.

Other features include faster opening and closing times, airtightness and wind resistance, longer lifetime and lower operating costs, safer working thanks to patented safety arrestors, and advanced and robust PLC-based control systems. The MRO facility also features an LED lighting system and a full HVAC system.

Rubb will provide delivery and full installation, with the hangar expected to be operational within the first quarter of 2021.

Rubb Buildings sales executive and aviation specialist, Ryan Clarke, explained: “Interest and investment in our aircraft hangars seems to be going from strength to strength.

“We are looking forward to working on this latest project with the Welsh Government and continuing to support the aviation community with our flexible MRO hangar solutions.”

Several aerospace businesses already operate in the Bro Tathan area, including British Airways, Airbus, GE and Nordam.

The business park is also home to eCube Solutions, a global player in the aviation services industry, and Caerdav, a company which is creating Europe’s most advanced flight training centre of excellence for commercial aviation training and engineering.

Rubb has previously worked on hangars for the likes of Turkish Technic, EasyJet, Aerohub, Hawaiian Airlines, AAR and Bombardier.

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