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Works starts on new Airbus test centre in Filton

Posted on Friday 31st March 2017 at 8:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Ground-breaking ceremony for the new Airbus Wing Integration Centre in Filton.

Work has begun on a revolutionary wing testing centre on the Airbus site in Filton.

Around two hundred Airbus employees gathered at the site of their future test centre on 9th February to mark the start of construction.

The new £40 million facility will be an advanced testing centre for large structural components. It will enable Airbus and its partners to develop new and cutting edge ideas for wings of the future, helping underpin the UK as one of the world’s leading aerospace sectors.

Airbus UK HR Director and General Manager Mark Stewart said:

“Creating the wing of the future will be no easy task. The teams will explore the best materials, manufacturing and assembly techniques available, as well as new technologies in aerodynamics and wing architecture. The Airbus Wing Integration Centre (AWIC) will provide the team with the latest equipment to perform a range of diverse and extensive testing.”

Attendees at the ceremony included Galliford Try, the contractors for the construction of AWIC, the Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK, part funders of the project.

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Two key deals signed for East Works site

Posted on Sunday 5th February 2017 at 6:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of the proposed Selco trade centre on the Horizon 38 development in Filton, Bristol.

Joint venture partners and commercial property developers and investors, St Francis Group and iSec have announced the signing of two key deals with prospective tenants at Horizon 38, the new mixed used development that is starting to take shape on the former Rolls-Royce East Works site, south of Gipsy Patch Lane.

In the first deal, detailed planning consent has been granted by South Gloucestershire Council for the development of a new 35,000 sq ft trade centre for Selco, a chain of trade-only builders merchants. The deal will see Selco take a 15-year lease at an undisclosed rent. Building work is set to begin in March and be completed by October 2017.

Chris Cunliffe, CEO of Selco, commented:

“Selco are pleased to confirm our deal with St Francis Group and iSec which will us open our second branch in Bristol. This is a great opportunity for Selco as we continue our expansion in the UK and strengthen our position in the Bristol marketplace. This opportunity will see more than 50 jobs created to support the local community and will also offer genuine career opportunities.”

In the second deal, St Francis Group and iSec have confirmed a deal with Village Urban Resorts for the development of a new 153-bedroom hotel occupying the prominent plot on the corner of the A38 and Gipsy Patch Lane. Work on the hotel is due to commence in August 2017, following completion of the internal site infrastructure works and estate road construction. The hotel is expected to be open by summer 2018.

The new Village Hotel Club will deliver a business class hotel with a business and events HUB and a state-of-the-art health and fitness club including swimming pool, bar and restaurant. The new Village Hotel Club – which will create 100 new jobs – will act as a catalyst for the wider Horizon 38 scheme and represents an investment of £21m.

Iain Stackhouse, head of property at Village Hotel Club, said:

“We’re growing the Village Hotel Club network by investing into quality new locations and Horizon 38 will be our 30th site. With plans to double the size of our portfolio within the next 5 years, we’re targeting premier locations like this and building outstanding facilities with a premium business and leisure offer. Here we’ll be ideally placed to serve a significant and expanding catchment and play a key role in the successful build out of the Horizon 38 scheme.”

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Airbus celebrates technical and commercial successes

Posted on Monday 24th June 2013 at 3:06 pm by SH (Editor)

First flight of the Airbus A350 XWB from Toulouse on 14th June 2013.

Airbus, which employs 4,000 people at its site in Filton, is celebrating some notable technical and commercial successes achieved over the past fortnight.

The purple patch began on 14th June when workers witnessed the successful first flight of the company’s A350 XWB aircraft, shown live from Toulouse on screens at the Filton factory.

The A350 XWB is a mid-size long range product line comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in spacious three-class layouts. Airbus claims that the new family will bring a step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, using 25% less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions.

In addition to its own direct operations at Filton, Airbus’s activities help support thousands more jobs across Bristol and the wider area. Around 900 people have worked on the A350, which will be one of the first planes to be made almost entirely from carbon composite materials.

The good news continued on the first day of last week’s Paris Airshow, when Airbus finished the day with firm orders of £11.6 billion, compared with rival Boeing’s £3.87 billion. The first big announcement was for an order of 20 A380 superjumbos from leasing company Doric, worth an estimated £5 billion, followed by an order for 100 medium-range Airbus A320 aircraft from Lufthansa.

Airbus finished the show having won £44.7 billion worth of business for a total of 466 aircraft, comprising firm purchase orders for 241 aircraft and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for the remainder.

Profits rise at Airbus parent company EADS

Posted on Tuesday 14th May 2013 at 2:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Reception for Airbus and BAE Systems sites at Filton, Bristol.

The parent company of Airbus, EADS, has reported a sharp rise in profits for the first three months of the year.

Operating profits at the company rose by 56% to €741 million over the quarter, helped by higher production at Airbus, where revenue climbed by 16%.

Airbus said it had delivered 144 aircraft between January and March, up from 131 in the same three months last year.

Overall, EADS reported revenue of €12.4 billion for the period compared with €11.4 billion for 2012.

EADS CEO Tom Enders said:

“The quarter was an eventful one for EADS, with shareholders approving the new governance structure while the share buyback programme is progressing and the free-float has risen significantly.”

“On the operational side, we had a rather good start into 2013 with improved revenues and profitability. Management continues to focus on improving the bottom line performance in 2013 and beyond.”

In other news, Airbus looks to be on target for the maiden flight of its A350 XWB aircraft this summer.

The wings and fuel systems for the new long-range wide-bodied airliner were designed in Filton, where the landing gear is also tested.

The first A350 XWB (designated MSN001) emerged from its hangar in Toulouse yesterday after being painted in its Airbus livery within the space of just just seven days.

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