Aerospace Integrated Research Centre, Cranfield University
The AIRC, a landmark building delivered in partnership with Rolls-Royce and Airbus, will change the future design of aircraft. The three-storey building includes open laboratory space with a 40m clear span capable of housing large airframe integration projects. Other areas include presentation and visualisation space alongside state-of-the-art simulation facilities. Researchers and engineers from Cranfield, and its partner companies, work closely together in an open plan office environment.
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- Tracy Flynn, Development Manager
"Their approach combines flair and individuality with a pragmatism which ensures that the spaces work and are simple to maintain. They are professional, and have proven themselves able to engage with our Facilities team."
The building is a strikingly-modern interpretation of a hangar – an appropriate typology for the location. The public face of the building houses a glazed triple-height ideas space with a suspended meeting pod. This will provide a showcase for the university and its partners, accommodating exhibitions and conferencing, as well as informal meeting areas. Adjacent areas introduce space for manufacturers to conduct private research, alongside office space, and meeting rooms for the university research team and partners. A triple height “high bay area” contains specialist avionics, thermals, mechanical, electrical and structural laboratories.
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