Barnard Castle firm wins Teesside Airport hangar job
S&A Fabrications will begin work on a 30,000 sq ft structure at the airport, returned to public ownership in 2019.
The hangar is one of two facilities in the pipeline as the Tees Valley Combined Authority looks to expand operations and return the airport to profit.
TVCA said that work will start on site in the coming months and will take around six to eight months to complete.
The hangar will be 48.5m wide and 58.5m long and reach up to 15m at its highest point. When completed it will provide additional space for aircraft storage and maintenance. More than 230 tonnes of steel will be used in its construction.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “It fantastic to be delivering on this expansion of our airport which will not only provide work for a superb local company but also deliver on our aim of providing great new location for firms to grow.
“New hangar space at Teesside Airport is critical to landing new investment that’ll bring our airport back to profit and create good-quality jobs for local people. We’ve got the cash from Government to get this done and are now delivering new opportunities for our great businesses.”
The contract has already seen the County Durham firm take on additional staff, with an expected increase in workforce of around five to 10 staff members. Around 30-40 subcontractors will support the company in delivering the facility on site.
This is the first aircraft hangar which S&A Fabrications will develop, building on its experience delivering major structures for commercial and agricultural use.
The doors will be provided by a UK company and the hanger will be large enough to fit planes such as a Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A321neo.
Managing director of S&A Fabrications Simon Pelly said: “We are delighted to have won this contract and it is a really big deal for us.
“It is not just another project for us and as a local company it means a huge amount to be delivering on this large-scale development.”
Progress on the hangar project follows recent investments from the private sector at Teesside Airport, including a £25m investment from Willis Aviation to create a new engineering base. TVCA said that defence contractor Draken is expanding, while oil spill response firm 2Excel also now operates from Teesside Airport.
Work continues to progress on a 2km link road to the £200m airport Southside business park connecting the development to the A67 – GMI Construction is delivering the first 25,000 sq ft unit at the park.