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Airbus Project Wins South West Property Award

20th October 2014

Royal opening for historic aerospace building

The refurbishment of Pegasus House at the Airbus site in Filton, near Bristol, has won the ‘Office Development of the Year’ category at the Insider South West Property Awards

The Grade II Listed art-deco building, which was originally opened in 1936 as the headquarters of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, is at the heart of the new Airbus Aerospace Park (AAP) – a state-of-the-art business park for over 2700 employees that will help keep Airbus at the forefront of global aviation.

Capita is providing architecture, project management, cost management, CDMC, BREEAM, civil engineering and structural engineering services on the business park project.

Pegasus House played a key role in UK aviation throughout much of the 20th century but closed in the 1990s and suffered greatly from damage by weather and vandalism before being bought and restored by Airbus as part of the £70M investment in the AAP. 300 Airbus employees will be based at the building helping support the whole range of Airbus aircraft programmes from the modern A350 XWB and the double-decker A380 ‘super jumbo’ to the A320 neo with its new more fuel efficient engines and wings.

Capita and builders Galliford Try carried out the work, spending 18 months totally renovating the building – including restoring an historic four storey stained glass window and replacing all 430 windows.  Employees will start moving into the building in the coming weeks which has previously hosted visits from VIPs ranging from kings & queens and Winston Churchill to iconic film stars such as Cary Grant.

The Airbus site at Filton employs over 4000 people, many of them engineers who play a key role in the design and development of all Airbus’ wings as well as working on the design, integration and testing of fuel systems and landing gear. The wings for the A400M military airlifter are also built at the site which has been a centre of the UK’s aviation industry for over 100 years.

Airbus is one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers. Airbus in the UK employs over 10,000 people. Over 100,000 jobs are supported in the UK due to Airbus’ extended supply chain.


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