Face Consultants Get Hangar Refurbishment Off To A Flying Start

November 6, 2015

Hangar Floor RefurbishmentFace Consultants test and survey floors in all kinds of environments, from industrial units to war memorials, and from cold stores to car parks.  And RAF Cardington’s contractor contacted the flooring experts recently, as they were refurbishing one of two aircraft hangars.

“You see pictures of aircraft hangars and they look big” said Duane Scarfe, Operations and Quality Manager for Face Consultants.  “In actual fact, they’re huge and quite an imposing building when you get up to them.”

Its dimensions are massive, measuring 247m long, 84m wide, and 55m high.  Built during the First World War for Airship construction, one of the sheds at Cardington is now the set of some of Warner Bros. biggest film hits such as Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception.  The other has been refurbished to house the Airlander, a huge airship that will fulfil a wide range of communication, cargo carrying and survey roles in both the military and commercial sectors all with a significantly lower carbon footprint than other forms of air transport.

“The contractor who laid the floor contacted us in relation to the floor in Hangar one” said Duane. “With the history of the building, and the importance of getting the Airlander in the air, it’s a very important job which needed professional attention.”

He added: “They needed to replace the five acre floor, and contacted us to carry out a free movement survey to a floor area of 6300m² and check compliance with the TR34 FM2 (Special) classification. With renovations moving at a fast pace they asked us to complete the survey in one visit; and our team were happy to get in, get the survey done, and get out to cause minimum disruption.”

The report outlines the surface regularity of the free-movement area, and a sample of points across the floor is surveyed, informing the client if their floor meets the classification required, and is suitable for their needs.

The shed is nearing its 100th birthday, and should be fully operational in time for the anniversary celebrations.

For your flooring needs, contact Face Consultants on +44 (0) 1484 600090 or email them at info@face-consultants.com

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