McLaughlin & Harvey and architects Gebler Tooth have been awarded the contract for the design and construction of a new hangar at Farnborough Airport.

Work on the hangar, the largest infrastructure project at the airport this century, is due to start in the coming weeks. The airport will remain fully operational.

Simon Geere, Farnborough Airport CEO, said, “We are pleased to announce that we have appointed McLaughlin & Harvey and Gebler Tooth on the development of Domus III, which will further enhance our facilities and operational infrastructure.

“We want to be known as a global showcase for airport sustainability and the new hangar has been meticulously designed with this in mind. The investment will also provide a substantial boost for employment and economic growth in the region, while continuing our journey in providing the very best-in-class facilities to our customers at Europe’s number one business aviation airport.”

McLaughlin & Harvey construction director Douglas McCusker said, “McLaughlin & Harvey is proud to have been selected as design and build partner for the construction of the new hanger facilities.

“We will draw on our previous experience of working in a live airport environment, to ensure that construction doesn’t impact the day-to-day activities at Farnborough Airport. Successful delivery of the project will draw upon our wealth of experience in both the industrial and infrastructure sectors, and we look forward to working with the client, design team and our supply chain partners for what is sure to be a flagship development for all involved.”

Development of the airport – named Europe’s best Fixed-Based Operator (FBO) since 2005 – will increase the hangar space available to clients, with the construction of an additional large span portal building with high specification concrete floors, associated airport apron works and hangar doors.

Translucent automated doors will stretch the entire length of the building, optimising natural light within and reducing lighting usage. The large unhindered access provided by the door design will improve aircraft manoeuvrability and help mitigate unnecessary emissions from aircraft handling activities.

In 2018, Farnborough Airport was the first business aviation airport to be awarded carbon neutral status by Airport Council International Europe and over the past 10 years, the airport has reduced its controllable emissions by over 70%. In early July, Farnborough Airport launched its drive to reach net zero in controllable emissions by 2030 or sooner.


Image: Gebler Tooth Architects