Rubb hits the heights for Bristow Helicopters

Rubb Buildings are flying high after completing a new hangar facility on behalf of the Bristow Helicopter Group.


The project started out as a temporary hangar to house helicopters overnight while a conventional hangar was built. Then Bristow Helicopters, one of the largest and respected providers of helicopter services, approached Rubb to design and manufacture a structure tailor-made for their needs. It was a constantly evolving project, changing from a storage facility into a storage and maintenance hangar.

This required a high level of lighting specification, insulation and inner skin features and a custom-made insulated 20m x 6m manual sliding door.

Rubb rose to the challenge. During the process the structure grew from 35m span x 35m long BVE into a 35m span x 40m long specialist hangar facility, sporting power points, electrics, lighting and ventilation. The high specification electrical system includes 230v and 415v power sockets; a 500 lux lighting system; an independently monitored emergency lighting system; lightening protection and ventilation.

Sales Manager Ray Colby said: “It was a continually evolving project but once again Rubb rose to the challenge.”

The hangar, completed in March 2010, will be used by the client to service, maintain and store their fleet of commercial helicopters.

“It was a real pleasure working with Rubb, and I cannot thank you enough for the excellent work that you have all put together for Bristow.

“The safety awareness, commitment, dedication and professionalism of the team have become the benchmark for other contractors we have engaged with on the base and for the airport as a whole and I thank you most sincerely for making this happen.”

 Dapo Oyeleke | Area Manager, Bristow Helicopters,  Norwich International Airport