• Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTec) Canopy, Cranfield University

    Client: Cranfield University
    Value: £6.5m
    Architect: Burrell Foley Fischer
    Completed: 2021
    Our services: Civils and Structures, Geo-Environmental

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    The purpose of the new-build Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTec) is to develop ways for aircraft to monitor, test and upgrade their own systems and structures. Additional features include the UK’s first remote air traffic tower and radar technologies that enable the testing of autonomous drones alongside manned aircraft within an airspace corridor.

    Curtins’ main focus has been on the creation of a large canopy that provides protection for an aircraft whilst making it accessible and aesthetically in-line with the adjacent building. The canopy and building roofs mirror each other to form matching ‘stealth fighter’ profiles when viewed from above.

    The roof comprises two 3D triangular trusses, defining the edge of the roof light and allowing for a grand vaulted ceiling that provides uninterrupted floor space. The canopy is supported on three inverted V-shape columns with an arrangement of 42 metre trusses which span the distance needed to clear the plane. These trusses support the cantilever arrangement which allows the plane in and out of its new accommodation.

    Key points: 

    • Collaborative open span space operating alongside technical laboratory platforms.
    • Double storey atrium.
    • The building houses the latest aviation technology.

    Image: © Hufton+Crow

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  • Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTec) Canopy, Cranfield University

    Client: Cranfield University
    Value: £6.5m
    Architect: Burrell Foley Fischer
    Completed: 2021
    Our services: Civils and Structures, Geo-Environmental

    Read more…

    The purpose of the new-build Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTec) is to develop ways for aircraft to monitor, test and upgrade their own systems and structures. Additional features include the UK’s first remote air traffic tower and radar technologies that enable the testing of autonomous drones alongside manned aircraft within an airspace corridor.

    Curtins’ main focus has been on the creation of a large canopy that provides protection for an aircraft whilst making it accessible and aesthetically in-line with the adjacent building. The canopy and building roofs mirror each other to form matching ‘stealth fighter’ profiles when viewed from above.

    The roof comprises two 3D triangular trusses, defining the edge of the roof light and allowing for a grand vaulted ceiling that provides uninterrupted floor space. The canopy is supported on three inverted V-shape columns with an arrangement of 42 metre trusses which span the distance needed to clear the plane. These trusses support the cantilever arrangement which allows the plane in and out of its new accommodation.

    Key points: 

    • Canopy is supported on three legs.
    • Double storey atrium.
    • The building houses the latest aviation technology.

    Image: © Hufton+Crow

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