Now the home of airline Flybe, this development was for an aircraft maintenance hangar and adjacent office space at Exeter airport. The building envelope features blue tones of engineering brick with silver composite panels at high level and a curved aluminium roof. The external treatment is designed to be low maintenance. The sweeping form of the roof is intended to resemble an aircraft's wing, reflecting the dynamic nature of flight.
As there was a lack of drainage infrastructure due to the location of the site, innovative drainage solutions had to be employed. DSSR designed a sustainable drainage system using a variety of porous hard surfaces draining into a swale. Foul water is treated on-site before discharging into a local watercourse.
Solar-controlled glazing on the south elevation, combined with large overhanging eaves, helps to prevent overheating to office spaces in summer months.
Among the full compliment of mechanical and electrical services provided, DSSR undertook HV power distribution involving specialist aircraft ground systems at multiple frequencies.
Completed in 2005, the project won the South West Commercial Property Award the same year. Flybe recently won 'Regional Airline of the Year' in 2009.
Bilsdale Properties plc for
British European Airways