TAG Farnborough Airport
Introduction Summary: The team delivered a landmark, iconic building on time, within budget, above specification, exceeding client expectations with a finished quality that reinforces the client’s brand values. True cost and value were demonstrated throughout the reporting process, creating opportunities to introduce enhancements and manage client change to minimise impact. The project was operated and completed in a busy airport environment without incident, utilising forward planning and practical site controls. The development also included the design and construction of an Air Traffic Control tower and hangars. A second phase of hangars is currently underway. Aim & Purpose: The TAG Group has always been deeply rooted in the future. It was created for the sole purpose of harnessing the human and economic potential of the very Techniques d'Avant-Garde that give the Group its name. TAG is developing Farnborough as the UK’s finest facility dedicated exclusively to business aircraft. ‘The design of the new building must satisfy three key objectives: To reflect and enhance TAGs’s image as the leading business aviation provider To reflect the aspirations and needs of business aviation customers who are drawn from the best UK and Worldwide blue-chip companies. To reinforce within the local community that TAG is a company dedicated to excellence and quality and ensure that the business aviation complex becomes a symbol of a successful future for Farnborough and the surrounding Area.’ Design: The Terminal has been conceived as a ‘wing’ hovering over the landscape. The building walls and roof run seamlessly into each other to create a highly sculptural building giving constantly changing views when moving around it. The building is a long thin building cranked in the middle in order to maximise views from all parts of the building over the aircraft apron. The building form becomes an extension of the sweeping landscape bund, devised to screen the car parking spaces from Ively Road and minimise visual clutter. The building has been constructed from materials and detailed in such a way as a reflection of aircraft technology. The main two storey ‘wing’ is clad in natural mill finished aluminium shingles and windows and roof lights are detailed to create a dynamic curved skin. The 25,000 shingle facing tiles, an interlocking diamond plate formed in aluminum, coped with both curvature and building tolerances whilst providing a low/no maintenance finish. They are 100% recyclable and easily repaired. This bespoke developed cladding system is a solution that is technically smart but pragmatic in its application of technology, robust and cost effective, as well as stunningly beautiful. The ground floor is predominantly glazed in a bespoke design frameless glazing system. The ‘wing’ encloses a simple curvilinear tube of space into which the General office floor plates are created. These have been arranged to create a sequence of spaces connecting the two public north and south entrances into a central triple height reception space. All TAG Aviation customers have a very clear route through the building toward reception and the passenger lounge. The building has been planned with all passenger lounge and meeting facilities at ground level allowing uninterrupted views across the airside apron. First and second floor levels are office accommodation for TAG Aviation operations and airport tenant offices. On first floor the offices lead out on to a covered terrace at both ends of the building. Construction: The most appropriate procurement route was identified as a bespoke Construction Management appointment with a variety of bespoke trade and small works orders. This allowed the client to become closer to the project and enabled a better degree of understanding and control of the finished product. This provided greater flexibility to deal with developing client requirements, future tenant fit-out and mitigated supply chain issues, market fluctuations on material or labour supplies and possible external factors. The Project was procured with a focus on maximising value for money without loss of quality or architectural expression. Successful tendering with familiar Sub Contractors and an inclusive climate of decision making between the Construction, Client and Consultant teams allowed maximum value to be achieved, additional Tenant fit out works to be absorbed into budget and Program and ensured delivery of the quality required and expected. Instrumental decisions through value engineering that have benefited the project include a review of the external cladding system from a flat panel aluminium system to a diamond shingle system; the realignment of the end wall curtain walling which allowed a reduction in glazing and framing performance requirements without impinging upon floor area; and keeping the project on course for completion by changing the internal linings of the ends of the building from individual shingles to a panel system having recognised the secondary framing already constructed was adequate to deal with the change. Health & Safety was a paramount issue and an independent safety inspector was appointed to identify any concerns and ensure legislative requirements were met. Generally during the construction phase attention was drawn to providing the appropriate safe working platforms to suit the form of the building, which was the main challenge, as this relied heavily upon hand fixing operations for external claddings and internal linings. The site was kept clean and safe at all times, with a high emphasis on housekeeping and a culture of openness to voice any concerns at regular site based meetings. The project was completed without incident or reportable lost days. Client Testimonial: “In the redevelopment of Farnborough Airport, TAG’s vision is to provide facilities and buildings with the most advanced technology and innovation that complement TAG’s award-winning reputation for the delivery of first class customer services. We are both confident and proud in our belief that this has been achieved and our new buildings and facilities reflect an aviation inspiration in their imaginative creation. This beauty and elegance delivers the perfect ambience, reflecting our total commitment to the provision of a centre of excellence for our customers to experience and ensures Farnborough Airport is the most modern, secure and efficient business aviation airport in Europe.` (Ron Hedges, CEO TAG Farnborough Airport)


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