GKN, Bristol

CLIENT: GKN Aerospace Services Ltd
PARTNERS: Faithful and Gould, Atkins
LOCATION: GKN, Taurus Road, Bristol BS34 6FE


Working with partners GKN at their Global Technology Centre (GTC), Real will be completing the fit-out for the workshop areas on the former Rolls Royce site in Filton, Bristol.

The GTC is a 10,000m2 facility which will host 300 highly skilled engineers. It includes collaborative space for research and development with universities, the UK’s CATAPULT network and GKN Aerospace’s UK supply chain.

The fit out of the workshop areas will include providing an additional steel structure within the existing building to provide a mezzanine floor, viewing gallery and perimeter services gantry. Together with new clean room spaces and complex M&E installations to deliver the demanding requirements for these production and testing facilities.


The works require the integration of extensive additional clean rooms with associated HVAC, power and medical gases into an existing building. These works are being undertaken whilst the facility is undergoing an extensive fit out by our client. GKN were installing new large-scale R&D equipment of high value for aerospace manufacturing.

The project has required both parties to work in proximity with strong control measures for working at height and multiple crane activities and maintaining the base build services as the new equipment is installed. To achieve this detailed daily coordination meetings with the incumbent work force is essential. It helps create buy in of our needs and requirements for progress and H&S, ensuring that the client understands our needs to meet our targets.

Due to a short fit-out period, gaining an early understanding of the clients needs has been key. We instigated a weekly design coordination meeting to ensure that we had constant communications regarding progress, allowing a prompt review of any issues.

Controlling access to the building and creating a covid secure working environment for both our operatives and the workforce, has ensured that the site has not been affected by covid issues. We take the temperature of all workers entering the facility regardless of whether they work for us or for GKN.

Early ordering and progression of offsite manufacturing has been key in this project.

Prioritising elements, with greater lead in times, prior to starting on site has helped achieve the short programme requirements.