Steel construction firm ReidSteel has been awarded the contract to build a £2.2m (US$2.9m) hangar at Biggin Hill Airport in the UK as part of the site’s expansion.
The airport recently secured a £15m (US$19.5m) finance package from HSBC to fund a new hangar, office accommodation and a 50-bedroom, four-star hotel at the site.
Dorset-based ReidSteel will build the 60,000ft² structure, which is set to include parking for up to 11 business jets and 10,000ft² of office space spanning over three floors.
Work has begun on the structure, which is expected to reach completion by the end of summer this year.
Robert Walters, business development director at London Biggin Hill Airport, said, “Construction of the hangar is really moving along and it’s fantastic to see the building taking shape.
“This hangar is an important development for London Biggin Hill and a significant part of our plans to meet the steadily growing demand for business aviation.
“It will be able to accommodate six G650s or six Global 7000s as well as 10,000ft² of office space and we’re looking forward to seeing it opened at the end of the year.”
Richard Hanson, ReidSteel project engineer, added, “London Biggin Hill Airport’s ambitious growth plans will see it create 2,300 jobs by 2030 in the field of business aviation and technology.
“We have developed a close and valuable relationship with Biggin Hill and its business partners over many years, helping the airport to grow through our expertise in structural steel design, fabrication and construction.
“By supplying and erecting the entire parking hangar, including steelwork, wall cladding, roof cladding, glazing and the hangar doors, we can ensure a seamless, on-time build.
“It will be our 10th build at Biggin Hill as we look forward to helping the airport enhance its reputation as a high technology and aviation hub, and as the gateway to London and the City.”