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Neaco’s products are featured at yet another award-winning development following two prestigious awards for Cranfield University’s Aerospace Integration Research Building (AIRC) in Bedfordshire.

CPMG Architects was recognised for its work to deliver the £35m facility in the Best Large Commercial Building award category at the LABC East Awards and the company also won a Design Through Innovation Award at the regional RICS Awards for delivering an exceptional building design which has had a positive impact on communities. Neaco’s aluminium grille flooring has been specified for the project, which opened in October 2017.

The AIRC has been developed to increase aerospace research capabilities in the UK, reinforcing Cranfield University’s reputation as Europe’s leading aerospace research institution. The facility houses the latest aerospace research technology including air traffic management (ATM) and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) laboratories; flight simulators; a virtual wind tunnel; a FANUC robot in the intelligent automation centre; and a 1500 sq m open space work area.

Nick Gregory, director for CPMG said: “Cranfield University’s Aerospace Integration Research Centre is a flagship scheme that we were very proud to be involved in. The centre is already helping to change the future design of aircraft. Our three-storey interpretation of a modern hanger offers state-of-the-art facilities for researchers, engineers and partner companies. Congratulations to everyone involved in helping to make this scheme such a success.” 

The AIRC is the latest of four award-winning developments to specify Neaco products in the past year alone. Our aluminium open grille systems were installed on the latest phase of Seaham North Dock in Durham, where an extensive regeneration project has won 11 awards for Napper Architects, including a RIBA building of the year Award, Client of the Year Award and a Civic Trust National Commendation. Our structural glass balustrade is featured at Reflections, a development of luxury homes in Chesterton by HC Moss (Builders) Ltd, which won Best Small Development in the 2017 Cambridge News Property Awards. In addition, our aluminium access walkways form part of the University of Liverpool’s Materials Innovation Factory (MIF), a new science research facility which won Development of the Year at the NW Business Insider’s Liverpool City Region Property Awards.

Neaco’s product portfolio is exceptionally diverse, but all of our systems share a range of qualities including precision engineering, aesthetic versatility, maintenance-free durability, fast installation and full compliance with all required standards, regulations and technical guidance. Our products include balustrade and balconies in powder coated aluminium or stainless steel, adaptive bathing facilities and aluminium open grille systems for decking, screening and shading applications.