Architects: Bond Bryan Architects
Bond Bryan Director: Darren Southgate
Project Managers: Turner & Townsend
Services Engineers: Couch Perry Wilkes
Civil/Structural Engineers: BWB Consulting
Contractor: BAM Construct
Construction Value: Not disclosed
Completion Date: 2013 (under construction)
Gross Internal Floor Area: 14,000 square metres
The facility is expected to produce its first blades in late 2014, manufacturing 100,000 blades per year when fully operational. There are at least 65 blades in every Trent engine; a blade will be cast to form a single crystal of super alloy, making each blade able to resist intense heat whilst providing around 1,000 horsepower of thrust, equivalent to a Formula One racing car.
Bond Bryan worked very closely with our client's process and production engineers to develop and then optimise the design to suit the intricate manufacturing processes.
Given the sensitive and high-value nature of these processes, the emphasis has been on stability of the internal environment and ultra-low maintenance. Despite the deep-plan nature of the design, the long-span curving roof carries all storm water straight to external gutters; selection of robust low maintenance roofing and cladding materials minimises the risk further. As a result we have concentrated on the development of uncluttered and well-proportioned facades to produce a simple and elegant solution in line with corporate standards.