Aerospace Integration Research Centre wins the Best Large Commercial Project Image: Central Bedfordshire Council

Building Excellence Award for Cranfield University 

Cranfield University’s £35m Aerospace Integration Research Centre has won the Best Large Commercial Project at the LABC Building Excellence Awards.

The awards are run by The Local Authority Building Control (LABC) organisation. The LABC represents all local authority building control teams across England and Wales.

The building design at Cranfield University was developed in collaboration with David Richardson, a principal building control surveyor at Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC).

This relationship was maintained by CPMG Architects ahead of the building regulation application and during the construction phase to iron-out any design issues that might arise along the way.

Councillor Nigel Young Image: Central Bedfordshire Council

Councillor Nigel Young, executive member for Business and Regeneration at CBC, said:

“This win shows our commitment at the council to excellence in buildings and partnership working. It is a testament to the professional approach and customer focus applied by the council’s team that has helped to make this project such a success.”

Building is shared with partners

The building opened in January 2017. It houses researchers from the University and its business partners, Airbus and Rolls-Royce. The centre aims to reduce the time taken for research to go from academic innovation to use by industry.

The building includes flight simulators, a virtual wind tunnel, and currently houses a full-size wing from an Airbus plane.

Tracy Flynn, development manager at Cranfield University, said:

“I am so proud of the whole team who have all worked hard to ensure that the building fulfils the requirements of the University, Rolls-Royce and Airbus.”

Speaking about the building, the LABC’s panel of judges said that the building was a well-considered project which brought together good design in an industrial setting that will benefit industry for many years to come.