The new National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology will become a training ground for current and future aerospace engineers in a critical skills area for the UK.
Part of the Loughborough-based Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre, the project included two buildings, a new three-storey purpose-built laboratory and the conversion of an existing high bay warehouse into four floors of office accommodation.
The Henry Boot team have been keen to work with the Loughborough team to help deliver what is a difficult and challenging project, whilst minimising activities of the research team. The construction programme was re-ordered to enable early reoccupation of the workshop, which was a real boost for the technicians and the department as a whole.
Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre, Loughborough University
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The new laboratory is a steel frame construction tailored for research and development of future low-emission aero gas turbine combustion systems. It combines office accommodation with eight new test cells, a control room and a process plant room. These bespoke test cells were designed and built in collaboration with the client to house a range of specialist plant and equipment.
Building Information Modelling played a vital role in the build, and established flawless construction. Our Common Data Environment ensured easy communication with all parties throughout the project, with all information immediately made available online.