GE Aviation EPIC
A high tech conversion of a 1940s building
This £3.2million refurbishment of an existing 1940’s building creates EPIC (Electrical Power Integration Centre) for testing of aircraft electrical and data systems. It is the first of its kind in the world. GE’s aerospace clients can have their equipment tested at full electrical loadings as used on aircraft and a 3MW generator supplies the required power. The heat created by the equipment meant that we needed to take special measures to ensure that it was dispersed effectively. We designed the new curved roof over the main building to create a mezzanine space that provides naturally cooled flexible space.
The building was externally reclad, improving the appearance and considerably improving its thermal performance. Further carbon reduction was achieved by the inclusion of a large array of PV panels on the south elevation of the building.