WPD Helicopter Hangar, Bristol Airport

  • Location

    Bristol

  • Client

    Bristol International Airport

  • Completion

    2006

A hangar design that meets the operational and administrative requirements for power line maintenance and management

This accommodation for Western Power Distribution consists of pilot, spotter and engineers’ offices, a helicopter maintenance workshop and a helicopter hangar. It meets all the operational and administrative requirements for power line maintenance and management.

Raking fins have been added to a traditional functional shape, extending the gable walls to create a more dynamic form without compromising the client’s requirements.

Extending the roof to connect with the raking fins has the additional advantage of providing solar shading to the offices on the south elevation and protecting the hangar doors from inclement weather on the north.

This form adds ‘energy’ to the design and is also symbolic of the aviation industry with its allusion to the aerofoil profile.