Building 84 & 85, Hangar Decarbonisation

Constructing Excellence

Building 84 and 85, are both former ‘Type C’ wartime RAF hangars and are key to the operation of the airport which is an integral part of Cranfield University, but more importantly the research which is undertaken to make aircraft and facilities more sustainable.

The brief was to refurbish, decarbonise and regenerate a former ‘Type C’ wartime RAF hangar so that it can continue to service the University for many more years to come, while driving towards net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Now that the hangar refurbishment is complete the heating demand of the building has been reduced by 75% and the carbon footprint reduced. As part of the scope the external appearance was of historical importance to Cranfield University, with a preference to preserve the appearance wherever possible which is where our innovative box within a box solution was created.

Three Winning Facts:
  1. An award-winning scheme which sets itself apart from other schemes having exceeded all expectations in respect of its impact on the environment through a radical decarbonised design. This project was made possible through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS).
  2. The solution and regeneration has transformed the energy performance saving 75% in heating demand and moving from gas to a district heating system resulting in 90% reduction in carbon footprint.
  3. A new and innovative design solution was created through a collaborative approach with the project team which has supported in the drive to reduce carbon emissions for the University’s estate.