Rubb Buildings Ltd helicopter hangar provides safe haven for National Police Air Service aircraft - sponsored feature

    • 06:00, 24 Nov 2014
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The National Police Air Service needed a new helicopter hangar after moving its Dorset base from police HQ to Bournemouth Airport - sponsored feature

The National Police Air Service helicopter hangar
The National Police Air Service helicopter hangar by Rubb Buildings Ltd

Gateshead based Rubb Buildings Ltd helped NPAS meet that requirement, with a custom designed aircraft hangar measuring 26m span x 17m long, with 7.5m high sidewalls. A Rubb Heli-Door in the front gable provides a clear opening of 21.5m wide x 5.5m high. The rear gable end includes a 4m x 4m roller shutter door and one personnel door. Each sidewall includes an additional personnel door for access and egress.

The Rubb 'BVE' aviation structure features Rubb's traditional galvanized internal steel frame and a tapered lattice leg design. The building is clad with durable PVC fabric, providing its blue walls and roof.

A canopy covered walkway links from rear of the helicopter hangar to the back of the modular office building on site.

Rubb worked with Wates and Mott McDonald to complete the project. Mott McDonald was selected by NPAS to provide the project design service in liaison with the MAG Property Team at Bournemouth Airport, Christchurch, Dorset. They were supported by Wates and Rubb throughout the process.

Sergeant Neil Cartwright, NPAS Bournemouth Base Manager, said: “The facilities at the new hangar and base are excellent. It is an ideal location to operate from in order to service Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.”

Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor added: “Rubb was able to provide a very rapid response to this building requirement. We secured the order in March and the aircraft hangar was manufactured and delivered to site for construction to begin in May. The project was completed by the end of the month. We used our experience and knowledge from working on Urgent Operation Requirements for the UK military to quickly complete this hangar for NPAS. We are delighted to have delivered this project and have proved again the benefits of a Rubb building in these circumstances.”

Inside the hangar
Inside the hangar

Rubb UK has seen its building sales in the aviation sector really take off in 2014. The company has been busy also providing aircraft hangars to Newquay Airport and NHV UK, which is part of the global NHV Group (Noordzee Helicopters Vlaanderen). Military buildings have also been supplied to the UK MoD and Lithuanian Air Force.

NPAS provides a national, borderless service making use of the nearest aircraft, enhancing the police service's response. The underlying principle of NPAS is a national service, regionally coordinated for local delivery. NPAS provides an air service to 98% of the population of England and Wales within 20 minutes. Twenty-five NPAS aircraft reside at 23 strategic locations, ready for action 24 hours a day.

The Bournemouth based aircraft primarily operates in support of Dorset Police and Hampshire Constabulary, however, can deploy to other areas when necessary.

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