From the Falklands to defending London in 2012…

Rubb Buildings have been helping to protect UK military personnel, equipment and operations for more than 30 years.

The relationship first took off when Rubb Buildings Ltd supplied a storage building to the Red Arrows in 1979. Since then Rubb military structures have been meeting expeditionary operation requirements all over the world.

In more recent years Rubb’s unique fabric engineered facilities have been deployed in Afghanistan as part of UK, Canadian and USA military operations, at Gioia del Colle air base in southern Italy as part of the NATO led Operation ELLAMY and used in anti-piracy missions by EUNAVFOR in The Seychelles. Rubb military buildings also feature at many UK bases including RAF Northolt, where MoD Typhoon jets will be stationed to protect London in 2012. Rubb Buildings have helped defend crews from the elements and housed invaluable equipment in the field – including Bravo November, the veteran Chinook helicopter from the Falklands campaign which survived an attack during the conflict and went on to serve in Iraq, Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the Lebanon, Kurdistan and Afghanistan.

Building Foundations…

After delivering a 12m x 12m relocatable building to RAF Kemble in Cirencester in 1979, Rubb went on to win a contract for four 16.5m span hangars for the Tornado Squadron at RAF Cottesmore in 1981. The company developed bigger 20m span hangars and 28 structures with Fast Jet Doors were delivered to Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, earning it the nickname of ‘Rubb Alley’. A 25m span x 36m hangar designed to house a Chinook helicopter was later delivered to Goose Green.

General Manager Ian Hindmoor said: “The hangars were so successful orders for more came in for bases in Germany.” Rubb military structures started to pop up all over the globe in locations including Belize and Ascension Island. Rubb Buildings Ltd has been successfully meeting Urgent Operation Requirements for the MoD ever since. Soon the research team at Rubb was developing a shelter suitable for rapid deployment. We were asked to develop a hangar which could be erected without any type of handling equipment like cranes and access platforms”.

Rubb’s design team came up with the REH (Rapid Erect Hangar) and supplied 34 to the MoD in 1995. Feedback revealed that the MoD required a lighter and stronger structure that could be constructed in a shorter period of time. The contract was put out to competitive tender world wide and Rubb came up with the winning concept of the RES (Rapid Environmental Shelter). Rubb’s aluminium framed, fabric covered rapid deployment shelter range, now widely known as EFASS (Expeditionary Forces Aircraft Shelter System), has been well received world wide currently used by UK, USA, Canadian and UAE military organisations.

Ian said: “We fine-tuned the design to provide multiple spans by any length, electrical and insulation systems, several different door options and additional kit such as roof mounted cranes. This all packs into 20ft containers ready for rapid deployment as required. We are very proud to have been involved in many projects which support our troops overseas and happy to contribute towards this year’s Help for Heroes Journal because of our longstanding relationship with the UK MoD.”