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Emirates Hangar Clicks into Place

Emirates Aircraft Hangar

Brett Martin Daylight Systems has supplied 10,000m² of its Marlon Clickfix 1040 panel glazing system to create a stunning vertical façade at Emirates Airlines’ new aircraft hangar at Dubai International Airport.

Designed by ADPi and built by contractor J & P Limited, the 25,000m² maintenance hangar will accommodate four Airbus A380s – the world's largest passenger airliner. To provide maximum natural daylight and create a safe and healthy internal working environment, Brett Martin was appointed to create the vertical glazing element for installation around the entire building perimeter.

Marlon Clickfix 1040 is a complete architectural glazing system comprising lightweight 40mm 10 wall polycarbonate panels. An extension of Brett Martin’s Marlon ST multiwall sheet range, its tongue and groove connections simply interlock to form glazed areas of unlimited size and shape. Proving ideal given the scale of the hangar application, the Marlon Clickfix system forms the vertical glazing in the upper levels of the Emirates building in 10.65m lengths and in runs of over 400m to the front and back and 30m to each side of the building and in the lower 2.5m of the 95m wide Jewer hangar doors.

Set to take approximately ten weeks to install, the Clickfix façade met the client’s aesthetic demands whilst also delivering the required performance standards for strength, wind loading, impact resistance and fire performance. Brett Martin also provided full installation support for the project – providing detailed drawings and revisions, a full bespoke step by step installation guide including modelling of the entire structure and detailing tooling requirements, as well as the provision of on-site assistance during installation.

“The steel framework had to be split into two 200 metre lengths to accommodate the thermal movement in the building,” said Michael Johnston, System Designer and Engineer at Brett Martin. “The Marlon Clickfix façade also had to allow for up to 90mm vertical deflection, with the secondary steel work adjusted to provide distributed support and reduced deflections.”

“Designed with this type of application in mind, the impact resistance and toughness of the Marlon Clickfix polycarbonate system are ideally suited to provide a robust glazing material where such large movements must be accommodated.”

To minimise the visual impact of the project’s sheet end closures, Brett Martin specially engineered bespoke transparent corner detailing which encompassed 2mm polycarbonate moulded profiles.

With thermally broken aluminium profiles, fixing clips and rubber gaskets, Clickfix’s simple installation is quick and efficient with no need for vertical profiles, reducing both material costs and installation time. It can also be used for roofs, as cladding or partitioning, internally or externally and comes in a range of tints and colours. For the Emirates project a series of colour trials ensured the Silica Green colour of the sheet matched the architect’s exacting specification.

Showing that natural light can improve the atmosphere and internal aesthetic of the largest and most modern buildings, Brett Martin, the only European company to manufacture all the main plastic rooflight materials - polycarbonate, GRP and PVC, has added the prestigious Emirates Hangar to its impressive global portfolio.

To find out more visit the Marlon Clickfix 1040 product page or email