Cranfield’s AIRC Centre wins at LABC Grand Finals

The project design team for the Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) at Cranfield University is celebrating after scooping an award at the LABC Grand Finals.

The design team was recognised in the Best Large Commercial Project award category for its work in delivering the £35m centre, which successfully supports the building’s commercial purpose and is sensitive to the local environment.

Led by Nottingham and London-based CPMG Architects – the team was asked to design a state-of-the-art research centre that would help to change the design of future aircraft.

The building, for which groundwork began in 2015 and was completed in February 2017, includes open laboratory space with a 40m clear span capable of housing large airframe integration projects.

CPW acted as the mechanical and electrical services consultant on the project. The team helped guide a fabric first approach to maximise the implementation of passive design measures and facilitate connection to the campus’ district heating network. This input was integral to achieving the client brief of delivering a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and EPC ‘A’ rated building.

Alex Jones, associate director at CPW, said: “We are thrilled to win an award at the LABC grand finals. It was a really fantastic project to work on and this award win is a testament to all the hard work put in by the project team.”

Nick Gregory, director for CPMG, added: “Cranfield University’s Aerospace Integration Research Centre is a flagship scheme that we are incredibly proud of. The AIRC has had a positive impact on the future of aircraft design and we are delighted to have been a part of the team that has made this scheme so successful.”

The other key members of the project team for AIRC include RG Carter, main contractor, Stewart Morris Partnership, structural engineers, Currie & Brown, project managers and Gardiner & Theobald, quantity surveyors.