Project Name: RAF Marham
Contract Value: circa £1.2 Million
Project Start Date: 2016
Project Completion Date: 2019
Scope: Power-Operated Sliding Hangar Doors
Protecting critical defence assets against ever-changing threats requires the very best in innovation and expertise.
When Balfour Beatty required oversize hangar doors for its end customer RAF Marham, it turned to Booth Industries to design, test, manufacture, install and commission these highly-bespoke and specialist requirements. Based on our experience of completing complex hangar door projects, the Booth name was the first that came to mind, and we were only too happy to take on the challenge.
As well as providing access for the fighter jets , the hangar doors were required to protect them in the Finishing & Maintenance hangar.
What were the project complexities?
Given the nature of the site and the asset being protected, the solution needed to be more than just a mere sliding hangar door, it also had to have a very high level of protection, a level that was proven and assured.
Booth Industries came up with a design which was based on our Standfast sliding security doorset, a proven and certified MOD security solution for aircraft and large vehicle access.
In addition to the security element, the doors had to be assured for fire resistance, which given that the doors ranged from 17 metres to 34 metres wide, this was always going to be a challenge!
However, the finished project consisted of the design, manufacture, installation and certification for fire & security, of 3 x power-operated sliding hangar doorsets, two of which were 17 metres wide and one which was 34 metres wide. A remarkable achievement that completely justified the client’s faith in the Booth name for delivering complex door protection solutions.
What did we overcome?
The project saw a cross-departmental team work together to develop the three large doorsets for the Maintenance and Finishing hangar, ranging from 17 to 34 metres in width and including powered, sliding operation, emergency exits and personnel doors. Not only did the hangar doors require fire and security protection, the client also required full assurance of their performance, which involved destructive fire testing whilst maintaining the key integral security features.
Our specialist team were able to adapt these huge sliding bi-parting doors to meet the stringent security and fire requirements of the site, building in lessons learned from previous designs to enhance performance and ensure reliability and ease of maintenance.
The installation itself involved complex planning, co-ordination of teams and trades as well as specialist plant, all whist working within the constraints of a highly secure and operational national defence site.
What did Booth achieve?
From award to completion, the project took just over 2.5 years and was delivered & installed fully on time and within budget. With a regular servicing & maintenance protocol in line with Booth Industries’ procedures, these doors will maintain & protect critical defence lines for many years to come. We also have the pride in knowing that we have played our part in protecting vital national defence assets for generations to come.
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