Artist’s impression of the exterior of the new Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre at Cranfield University - Credit Burrell Foley Fischer LLP

Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre is a £65 million research facility

East Anglian construction business, R G Carter, has been awarded the contract to build the new Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) at Cranfield University.

The £65 million research facility is a partnership between the University and major industry partners such as Aveillant, BOXARR, Saab and Thales, with support from Research England.

The building has a double-storey atrium and will contain advanced digital research laboratories, collaborative open plan office space and an informal break-out area where staff, students and industry partners can engage and share ideas.

Adjacent to the building, there will be a ‘hangar laboratory’ which will house a Boeing 737 aircraft. This has been donated by British Airways – enabling the next generation of engineers to experiment with maintenance and repairs.

The hangar canopy and main building roofs mirror each other to form matching ‘stealth fighter’ profiles when viewed from above.

Ken Woodhall at R G Carter said:

“We are delighted to have been appointed by Cranfield University to work on such a unique and impressive building.

“We look forward to delivering this creative space which will provide ground-breaking research and continue to develop the ever-growing aviation industry.”

Professor Graham Braithwaite, Project Lead and Director of Transport Systems at Cranfield University, said:

“DARTeC will be a key part of Cranfield’s global research airport and we are looking forward to working with R G Carter and our partners to deliver this state-of-the art facility.

“Together, we can transform the way aviation operates by using digital technologies to deliver greater efficiency and enhanced safety.”

The Centre is due to be completed in 2020 and will be the third major project that R G Carter has delivered for Cranfield University.