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Today construction has started.

Monarch starts Birmingham Airport hangar construction


Monarch Aircraft Engineering operates a similar maintenance centre at Luton Airport

Work has started on a new maintenance centre at Birmingham Airport which is expected to create up to 300 new jobs.

Monarch Aircraft Engineering said the new hangar would be able to repair not just its own fleet, but other aircraft.

About 150 jobs are expected to be created when it opens at the end of 2013, with the possibility of a further 150 jobs later, the company said.

Monarch Airlines has recently expanded its number of flights from Birmingham.

Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport Paul Kehoe said the decision to build the facility demonstrated a long-term commitment in the region and its engineers.

Monarch also operate maintenance facilities at London Gatwick, Luton, and Manchester airports.

Birmingham's 110,000 sq ft (10,200 sq m) hangar is expected to be able to house large passenger jets such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, or up to 10 narrow-body aircraft.

Work is also currently under way on a £40m runway extension at Birmingham Airport.

Source: BBC News
 

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and the press release from BHX.

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) Launches Construction of New State-of-the-art MRO Facility at Birmingham Airport

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL), the award-winning independent aircraft maintenance provider, is pleased to announce that construction work has now started on its 110,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art maintenance facility, at Birmingham Airport.


From left to right: Steve Carden (SISK), Wal MacKey & Mick Adams (MAEL), Paul Kehoe & Will Heynes (Birmingham Airport)

This follows the announcement on 20 November 2012 about the new facility, which is creating 150 new jobs with the potential for a further 150.

The construction work, which is due to be completed and fully operational by the end of 2013, commenced with Mick Adams, MAEL Managing Director, breaking soil at Birmingham Airport on 11 January 2013.

Commenting on the build, Mick Adams stated: “This is a key milestone in MAEL’s development which will allow us to meet the requirements of our customers and to fulfil the potential to grow our third-party customer base even more rapidly.”

Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: “This state-of-the-art facility in the West Midlands demonstrates Monarch’s long-term commitment to the region, creating job opportunities for skilled engineers and young people looking to start a career in aircraft maintenance. We look forward to watching the development take shape over the coming months.”

Kim Shevyn, Regional Construction Director of John Sisk & Son Ltd said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for this state-of-the-art maintenance facility at Birmingham Airport and look forward to developing our relationship with MAEL whilst utilising our extensive expertise within the airport sector.”

The new facility will incorporate industry-leading design, technology and build standards and will have the capacity to accommodate both wide body and narrow body aircraft.

Supported by a number of component-repair and back shops as well as a logistics centre, the Birmingham facility will complement MAEL’s existing heavy maintenance operations in the UK at London Luton and Manchester Airports.

A video announcing MAEL’s new facility at Birmingham Airport is available here

Source: bhx.co.uk
 

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HURRAH!!!! :cheers:
 

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I think BHX is a super airport and is the ideal answer to our congested south east,but will anything change,nope you bet it won,t.
 

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Interesting that this one fell under the scope of permitted development but the much smaller Eurojet hangar at the same locale did not and needed planning permission.

Can someone explain how the rules work? lol
 

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The video promotion:

Monarch Announce New Engineering Facility at Birmingham Airport

Pictures from Birmingham Airport Photo Blog
Hangar Watch - Monday 4 March 2013


Work has now started on erecting the steel frame of the new Monarch Aircraft Engineering.
Hangar seen here with a Monarch Airbus A321 taxiing for departure off Runway 15....



.... a view of the whole site - the asphalt Batching plant has also now been erected at the end
of Taxiway Lima - this is not connected to the hangar but is part of the Runway Extension and
resurfacing project and will also provide asphalt for the surfacing A45 diversion



A closer view of the initial steelwork of the Monarch Aircraft Engineering Hangar going up
http://bhxflightguide.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/hangar-2013-03-04.html
 

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Hangar Watch - Tuesday 19 March 2013


Work has now started on erecting the main steel frame of the aircraft maintenance bays
of the new Monarch Aircraft Engineering Hangar - the structure in the foreground
is the offices/service areas that will be at the back of the Hangar....



.... a wider view showing the whole Hangar construction site as it stands



..... and a view of the whole site with the Monarch Hangar on the left, the asphalt
Batching plant for the Runway extension/A45 diversion project, the Eurojet Hangar
and the Elmdon Building on the far right of the photo



An alternative view to put some perspective on the current work....



.... a closer look at the team fixing the girders together



.... and wider view of the Hangar construction site
http://bhxflightguide.blogspot.co.uk/
 

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Those last set of photos shows it's going to be huge.

I drove past last weekend and the steelwork for the office space is big enough, although I didn't know that until the photos above, I just thought that was going to be the size of the hanger.

EDIT: Just noticed, my 3,000th post. :banana:
 

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Hangar Watch - Tuesday 26 March 2013

Hangar Watch - Tuesday 26 March 2013




Work has continued on erecting the main steel frame of the aircraft maintenance bays
of the new Monarch Aircraft Engineering Hangar with the outline of the south bay now
visible - there will be two side by side bays - the structure in the foreground is the
offices/service areas that will be at the back of the Hangar....





.... a wider view showing the whole Hangar construction site as it stands





..... and a view of the whole site with the Monarch Hangar on the left, the asphalt
Batching plant for the Runway extension/A45 diversion project, the Eurojet Hangar
and the Elmdon Building on the far right of the photo
http://bhxflightguide.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/hangar-2013-03-26.html
 

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This is really gonna change the look of things at BHX, really excited for the future of BHX.
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Shame it will block the view from the Coventry road, but what a massive building. We should see a fascinating range of aircraft coming in and out of BHX in the future, great for plane enthusiasts...all we need now is a proper viewing area.
 

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Monarch Hanger

Can you see the construction worker? He must have an amazing head for heights!

As you can see, the building of Monarch Aircraft Engineering's brand new Birmingham Airport hangar is coming along nicely.

The 110,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art maintenance facility which broke ground in January, will create 150 new jobs with the potential for a further 150.

The largest and heaviest component of the whole build, the ‘Valley Truss’ beam has just been installed. It is so large it had to be delivered to the site in 4 pieces. Once bolted together it reached 66 metres long, 4.2 metres deep and weighs 80 tons and required 6 cranes to lift and place it.

https://plus.google.com/118013367382377690403/posts/Q51qfgNJkGr
 
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