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Cardington Hangars

As part of the £10.5 million refurbishment on one of the largest hangars in the UK, Brett Martin Daylight Systems supplied Trilite GRP sheets. Designed to bring daylight into the Bedfordshire building and reduce the need for artificial lighting, the solution also provided the Airlander 10 team with a more pleasant and comfortable working environment.


Built in 1916 for the development of airships, Hangar 1 (one of two identical hangars) is approximately 250 metres long, offers more than 20,000m² of floor area and is over 50 metres in height. Prior to the refurbishment, the hangar was a Category A building on English Heritage’s Building at Risk Register and is one of the most important listed buildings in the UK. The comprehensive refurbishment by contractor CField Construction included the replacement of cladding, steelwork repairs and painting, interior refurbishment, new lighting and flooring.


With daylight being a vital consideration during the refurbishment of the hangar, CField Construction and the client required a daylighting solution which would offer optimum light transmission, ease of installation and suit the bespoke metal cladding profile Frequence 9.25 T by Arcelor Mittal. Subsequently, more than 4000m of Trilite was specified to run the full 250 metre length on each of the side hangar's elevations.


With Hangar 2 being used for film productions including Batman, The Dark Knight and Star Wars Rogue One, the newly restored Hangar 1 is now the appropriate home for the fully assembled Airlander 10, a 92 metre long helium filled airship which literally dwarfs a Boeing 747. The airship is the largest British aircraft ever constructed. Commenting on the refurbishment, Patrick Crowley of CField Construction said: “We worked closely with English Heritage and the Bedford Borough Council Conservation Team to ensure all works were carried out in accordance with conservation principles, policies and guidance. The Trilite GRP sheets met their exacting standards and offered our team ease of installation on what was a live tenanted building.”


With over 1,000 profiles available and seven sheet thicknesses to choose from, Trilite GRP rooflight sheet is used extensively in a wide range of applications in the industrial, commercial, horticultural, agricultural and DIY sectors. Offering high strength, durability and fire rating, these BBA certified rooflights are specified to satisfy project requirements.

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