Rapid expansion always challenges easyJet’s workspace at their operational base at Luton Airport. In 2006 easyJet needed to convert a 1970’s hangar at Luton airport into a modern office environment. As one of the largest cantilever structures of its type in the UK, Hangar 89 originally housed three aircraft at once. The original design created 50,000 sq ft of consolidated office space built to challenging timescales. In 2010 Area were again approached to design and construct an answer to solve easyJet’s incredible growth.
Area designed and constructed a four-storey 26,000 sq ft internal extension within their existing aircraft hanger. The 4th floor hosts their critical Operation Control Centre with advanced technology to track and manage flights worldwide. Underneath is two floors of open plan offices and then a ground floor store and workshop. To facilitate this new office, Area built the adjoining easyTech Warehouse. In the main building we built a Crew Room where pilots and cabin crew receive briefings prior to flights. This is purposefully located to the rear of their new fully-equipped canteen bringing operational and administrative teams together for the first time. Their reception was extended to create a more striking entrance flooded with natural light which facilitates a more impressive and efficient flow of staff and guests.
The safety of staff and aircraft was critical at all times. To protect the aircraft from the construction zone we constructed a safety wall in the during the demolition and construction phases for the new four-storey extension. The new easyTech Warehouse is located by the aircraft taxiway so detailed risk assessments were conducted to ensure the safe transition of materials and construction.