Real completes fit-out at trailblazing aerospace technology hub

15 June 2021

Real completes fit-out at trailblazing aerospace technology hub
Construction and regeneration business Real has completed the £5 million fit-out of GKN Aerospace’s new Global Technology Centre.

The state-of-the-art £32 million centre has been built as a hub to develop world-class innovative technology for the next generation of fuel-efficient aircraft.

Real has just finished fitting out the workshop areas of the building, which is on the former Rolls Royce site in Filton, Bristol.

The design and build contract involved creating an additional steel structure inside the building to provide a mezzanine floor, viewing gallery and perimeter services gantry.

Real also installed new clean room spaces and complex mechanical and electrical systems to meet the demanding requirements for the centre’s production and testing facilities.

Paul Nicholls, Chief Executive of Real, said: “The centre will be at the forefront of innovative technology development which will help shape the future of more sustainable, energy efficient air travel.

“This has been a really exciting project to be involved with, and we are proud to have played our part.”

The project, which started in October 2020, involved close collaborative working with the GKN team who were installing cutting-edge research and development equipment in the building at the same time.

Real ensured the project was not delayed due to the pandemic by ensuring strict access control, a Covid-secure working environment and temperature checks on all workers entering the site.

Early ordering and progression of off-site manufacturing were also key to delivering the project within a tight turnaround period.

Funded by GKN and the UK government, the Global Technology Centre is a 110,000 sq ft facility for a team of 300 engineers, including collaborative space for research and development with universities and industry partners.

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