Boeing GoldCare Aircraft Hangar, Gatwick Airport


D5 Architects LLP

Structural Engineer:
Mott MacDonald

Main Contractor:
John Sisk & Son

Boeing United Kingdom Limited

This new maintenance hangar provides servicing facilities for Boeing’s current and future fleet of aircraft at Gatwick Airport. Comprising m ore than 3,000 tonnes of structural steelwork, the hangar provides a 1 5,000m 2 dual-bay wide body facility a nd 3,000m 2 of support offices, storage and plant space.

Rooflights, to reduce reliance on artificial light, and 900m 2 of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the roof contributed to achieving a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for the hangar, while design development saved an estimated 635 tonnes of steel. This in addition to savings in temporary works and foundations equated to a carbon reduction of 1,045 tonnes.

This maintenance building for Boeing is built in the challenging environment of a live airport. The design team worked closely throughout optimising structural efficiency. Deep steel trusses span up to 75m creating a vast column-free space. The trusses, supported on lattice columns, and braced elevation columns form a primary stability system enabling a n efficient construction with few temporary supports.

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