Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has commenced the construction of a new London Heathrow Service Centre. When fully operational, the new facility will employ up to 80 people, with 40 transferring from the existing Rolls-Royce Heathrow facility, which it will replace The new facility will provide specialist maintenance and support services for commercial aero engines.
Caunton is delighted to have designed supplied and erected over 600te of structural steelwork for this important development.
The facility includes two new buildings, a state of the art engine workshop and an engine storage facility, which will total nearly 95,000 square feet. This is four times larger than the existing facility, enabling teams to work on up to 13 aero engines at any one time, double what was previously possible. Coincidentally Caunton supplied the steelwork for the Trent Engine test-bed back in 2006
The engine workshop is 60m wide at its largest point x 100m long and is an asymmetric portal split into 40 metre and a 20 metre span standing 16 metres high at the ridge utilising facetted rafters to achieve the large radius curved roof. Caunton Engineering manufactured the large plate girder columns in-house which support the ridge and one side of the heavy 37m span 20te capacity Demag gantry cranes.
The Demag cranes incorporate an interesting latching system which allows the crane bogey to travel off the main crane beams onto branch tracks to enable seamless loading and offloading of complete engines in the adjacent transportation stand. Caunton supplied the main crane gantry rails and latching crane support steelwork.
The engine storage facility is a 40m square structure adjacent to the engine workshop and follows the same aesthetic design concept as the larger unit.