Airbus - AWIC

an advanced working environment and testing centre

The Project

The £40m facility will enable Airbus to perform structural tests on aircraft materials, components and large assemblies, including complete wings. The strong floor will support a 220-tonne, 10m-high steel wall where structural tests specimens will be attached to allow testing to take place.

The pour itself lasted a continuous 23-hour period, one hour under the scheduled 24. It required a lorry load of specially prepared concrete to arrive every six minutes to provide a constant supply to the pour and avoid any inconsistencies in the concrete.

A total of 1,440 cubic metres was poured into the floor, which measures 40m by 18m, to a total depth of two metres. The steel reinforcement amounted to a total of approximately 280 tonnes of rebar, estimated to be around 54 km laid end-to-end.

The AWIC facility is supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK.


The Approach

Oculus are delighted to once again partner with Galliford Try on yet another prestigious project at the Airbus Filton site. We worked with the design team advising on Building Regulations related matters to ensure that the client’s aspirations for the facility were met whilst achieving the required level of fire safety using fire engineering and BS9999 principles. We are continuing to work closely with the site team throughout the construction phase.


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