Yeovil | Somerset
Boon Brown has a long-standing working partnership with Westland Helicopters Ltd (later AgustaWestland and now Leonardo Helicopters) and have been commissioned on many projects including;
• a new four-storey Office Block (20.000 sq ft);
• an Aircraft Assembly Facility (25.000 sq ft);
• a Gearbox Testing Facility;
• a Carbon Fibre Blade Research Centre ;
• a Fuel Flow Bay Test Facility;
• a Structural & Mechanical Test Facility;
• and other Manufacturing Buildings.
Many of these projects have specialist and unusual parameters which required Boon Brown to engineer bespoke design solutions such as internal lobbies, air-conditioning to class 10,000, clean rooms, large autoclaves, chemical fume extraction, acoustic isolation and protection, chemical and hazardous substance storage and containment.
STRUCTURAL, MECHANICAL, TEST & ENGINEERING FACILITY
A purpose-built factory for testing helicopters air frames and landing gear. The building which extended to approximately 25,000sq ft incorporated a structural frame and floor that were designed to absorb the abnormal stresses imposed during the testing of the aircraft frames. The building also incorporated a multi-tilt ship's deck simulator.
Total Build Cost = £ 1,200,000
COMPOSITE ROTOR BLADE MANUFACTURING FACILITY
A specialist production facility for composite rotor blades consisting of a Class 1000 clean environment incorporating full craneage cover. The production facility which extended to 100,00sq.ft was constructed on a sloping site and to utilise the change in levels, a semi-basement area was built to accommodate the administration centre.
Total Build Cost = £4,000,000.
NEW OFFICE BUIDLING
Boon Brown was commissioned to design a two- and three-storey air-conditioned office building, providing a total floor area of 80,000sq ft.
The building design was based on an open-plan philosophy and was divided into four separate wings to accommodate a variety of departments and achieve a phased hand over. Conference areas, meeting rooms and support facilities are available to offer a degree of independence and self-efficient departments.
Total Build Cost = £2,400,000
NATIONAL VERTICAL LIFT EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH CENTRE (VLERC)
Boon Brown was commissioned to design a national centre for vertical lift experimental research, which would provide a bespoke facility for both civil and military research, together with the capability for undertaking testing and evaluation of rotor technology.
Based in the southwest, but promoting collaboration throughout the industry across Europe, the proposed building will incorporate the following facilities:-
• Experimental hangars, workshops and support facilities
• Learning and teaching centre
• Programme offices
• Technology and research areas
• Conference facilities
NEW CUSTOMER CENTRE
Boon Brown was commissioned to design a new Customer Centre to enable various previously fragmented departments within AgustaWestland to be brought together and integrated within a single building.
The criteria for the new building were:-
• A modern, conceptual design approach.
• The design to be responsive to the world-leading nature of AgustaWestland in the international market.
• Internal space to incorporate a high level of flexibility.
• The quality of the accommodation to be consistently high throughout.
• The building to be energy efficient.
• Fully integrated services and with intelligent building control systems.
• The principles of the building form, construction, materials and installations to be environmentally sustainable wherever possible.
• The construction to be cost efficient.
CONFERENCING AND RESTAURANT FACILITIES
Alteration and refurbishment to existing ground-floor building to provide new conferencing and restaurant facilities.
• Strip out ground floor, retain existing lift and stairs.
• Install new kitchen and server.
• Create self service and coffee area with seating for 40 people.
• Create admin dining area with seating for 288 people.
• Install new ceiling and lighting.
• Lay new flooring.
• Form new entrance to restaurant.
• Form dedicated entrance to upper level.