Works comprised the conversion of the existing western wing of building
providing three test labs for high quality power integration testing for aircraft
electrical equipment. This part of the building was unheated and used for
storage. Britcon undertook a considerable amount of internal refurbishment to
provide soundproofed and ventilated accommodation. High quality reception
areas and conference rooms were provided in the central core area. The high
quality internal environment was emulated in improvements to the external
appearance of the building.
New Curved Roof
External improvement included a new curved roof to the main lab building, a
new roof to the area where supporting facilities are provided and changes to
the external appearance of the building by the introduction of cladding. The
existing roof of the building incorporated clerestory lights over the two areas
to be converted to test labs. The condition of the roof and lights was poor with
considerable evidence of water ingress and moss accumulation, indicating
ponding. The new roof allows for the necessary plant associated with the test
labs to be installed on a mezzanine floor area.
The heat generated by GE’s aerospace equipment testing at full electrical
loadings (used on aircraft and a 3MW generator that supplies the power) meant
that special measures were taken to ensure this was dispersed effectively. The
new mezzanine area provides naturally collected flexible space.