Mission ready

Fast tracked Hangar 9 is a runway success

hangareasyJet’s Hangar 9 is mission ready to support intensive MRO schedules at Gatwick Airport, following a rapid design and build project which was completed in just six months.

Leading airline easyJet selected Rubb Buildings Ltd to design, manufacture and construct their new top-flight hangar facility at Gatwick.

Rubb provided a twin span hangar measuring 91.5m wide x 60m long. The structure measures 9.2m to the eaves and 16.8m to apex of each span. Each front gable measures 45.7m wide and features a 41m wide x 13.5m vertical lifting fabric door.

The hot dip galvanised steel frame is clad with 150mm thick Thermohall insulated fabric and the structure is located at Gatwick Airport, near London, UK. The facility provides 5200sq m of usable working floorspace. A full LED lighting system, ventilation system and LPG heating system has also been installed.

To complete the build, two sets of vertical lifting ‘Megadoor’ hangar doors were fitted to allow access to the two bay facility. The hangar is complimented by a 550sqm external logistics and office building. Building commenced in November 2015 and the process included fitting 8,700m² of PVC membrane.

Brendan McConnellogue, easyJet’s Head of Maintenance, commented: “The Rubb team who worked on site were absolutely first class. The first steel went in the ground on December 14 and by May 19 we were able to introduce the first aircraft into the hangar.

“The successful delivery of this project, which has been challenging both in terms of scale and its timeline, is another example of what can be achieved through easyJet’s innovative and lean approach, not only meeting a tight timeline, but also creating strong sustainable partnerships to deliver market leading operational performance.”

Stewart Wingate, chief executive of London Gatwick Airport, said: “We are delighted easyJet has decided to base its new hangar at Gatwick and look forward to continuing our support of its growing network here.”

Ian Hindmoor, Rubb Buildings Ltd Managing Director, added: “We are absolutely delighted with the easyJet hangar facility at LGW. We are very proud of this flagship aviation building and of what we produced and delivered in a challenging and complicated working environment, in such a short space of time.

“Rubb worked very closely with Brendan McConnellogue and the easyJet team to produce an outstanding, custom, UK Designed, manufactured and constructed Rubb MRO hangar.

“From early discussions, to competitive tender, design, manufacture, site setup and enablement, groundworks, steel-erection, fabric installation, through to completion, EasyJet were very professional and proactive in working with all concerned to deliver a world class working environment.”

Lufthansa Technik was selected to provide maintenance services at the facility and a ground breaking five-year contract has been signed which will see Lufthansa Technik opening its first UK hangar based operation. The on site team will deliver two inputs every night, seven days a week and provide AOG hangar support as required.

Rubb will be presenting such MRO facilities and some exciting new projects at MRO Europe, Stand 12-154, The RAI Amsterdam, October 18-20. For more information please visit www.rubbuk.com

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