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Hydrock and DKA appointed by Airbus to design new aerospace research facility

4th Feb 2016
Hydrock has been appointed by Airbus as lead consultant to deliver the design of a new state-of-the-art facility at Filton, Bristol that will develop and test the aerospace technology of the future.

The new Wing Integration Centre has secured £37m of funding through the Aerospace Technology Institute, a joint investment between industry and government aimed at securing the long-term future of the sector.

Hydrock and Bath-based architects, DKA are working together to support Airbus on the design of the new facility to house this latest advanced research and will provide a full range of multi-disciplinary services from the concept design of the facility to contractor appointment to begin the new build.

Hydrock is currently supporting Airbus with structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, ground investigations, acoustics, land surveys and the flood risk assessment to support a planning application. DKA is providing architectural and landscape services.

The facility will support research into how to speed up production, reduce weight and costs for the next generation of advanced aircraft wings. The new ‘open access’ facility – capable of housing a full-scale civil airline wing – will also serve as a hi-tech innovation space for other companies outside of the aerospace sector.

The new facility will open in 2017 and employ approximately 300 highly skilled engineers.

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