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Movable building on the right track for QinetiQ

Outer Hebrides, UK

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rubb qinetiq movable building

Rubb provided a movable environmental building to defence technology giant QinetiQ.

QinetiQ is a British defence technology company based in Farnborough, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

QinetiQ Estates needed a mobile 8m span x 18m long fabric building to cover the Terrier Orion Launcher at the MoD Hebrides Range at Rangehead, Benbecula.


The Range is used for a many tasks, including the release of short, medium and long-range munitions. Over recent years the Range has evolved to support the testing and evaluation of modern weapon systems for the MoD.

The Rubb Launch Equipment Building (LEB) features a clear height to apex of 10m and is secured to ground level rails measuring 48m long. It covers and protects assets from the environment. The storage building can then be moved along the rails to reveal the launcher for testing procedures.

Each gable incorporates a 5m wide x 7.5m high roller shutter door with two pedestrian access doors in each sidewall. Both sidewalls features clear PVC panels to allow monitoring and to assist in the transportation of the building.

rubb qinetiq movable building

Rubb Buildings were identified as a suitable supplier for our environmental shelter as Rubb have previously supplied buildings across many of our sites. At the time of the initial correspondence there was no certainty that the trial was to proceed, this did not deter Rubb who visited the site at their own risk to firm up on our requirement. From these discussions a detailed design and quotation for the works was submitted for our review and subsequent approval. Communication with the team initially with Grant and Andrew was good and this followed on to the design team with Dale. The works were delivered on time and on budget.

Hebrides Hard Services Project Manager Roddy Steele

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