Sat on pad foundations, the terminal
building was always going to be a steel
structure according to Stobart Rail & Civils
Project Manager Roy Hill.
“A steel portal design was the preferred
method because of the project’s location and
for the speed of construction.”
Border Steelwork Structures has been
employed as the design and build contractor
for the building, as well as the flooring,
roofing and cladding installer.
Highlighting the speed and ease of the
steel construction process, the entire frame
was erected in less than two weeks and all of
the beams and columns were transported to
site from Border’s fabrication yard in Annan
in just two truckloads.
The structural frame uses a composite
design with steelwork supporting steel metal
decking and a 150mm-deep concrete floor
topping. The building’s 457UC perimeter
columns are spaced at 6m centres and the
overall dimensions of the structure are
60m-long x 18m wide.
The majority of the internal steelwork
will be left exposed along with soffits and
services – positioned below the first-floor
slab - giving the facility an industrial look.
The upper floor has a clear 18m-span,
offering column-free flexible modern office
space, while the ground floor has a central
row of internal columns positioned at midspan,
creating the most cost-efficient design
for the building.
Once the composite steel frame, metal
decking and roofing were installed, Border
then created a full watertight envelope
by cladding the elevations with Kingspan
insulated wall panels.
“The panels are an anthracite colour and
the cladding creates curved corners at each
end of the building to form the desired
modern crisp-looking structure,” explains
Ashton Smith Associates Project Architect
Summing up, Stobart Group Head of
Corporate Projects Kate Willlard says:
“We are working with our partners to
develop packages and promotions to
make sure that our air services match the
needs of our visitor.
“We will then be able to attract more
visitors to Cumbria and the surrounding
area and support the local economy through
the development of a sustainable airport.”
conditions did not
prevent the steel
completing on time
Carlisle Airport began life in 1941 as RAF Crosbyon
Eden, a base used to provide day training for
returned to Carlisle City Council. After a refurbishment
programme in the 1960s commercial flights were offered
to London, the Channel Islands and Belfast.
These flights ceased in 1994 and the airport was sold
to Haughey Airports on a 150-year lease in 2000.
In 2006 Haughey Airports was acquired by WA
Developments, which had acquired Eddie Stobart,
the UK’s largest haulage contractor, in February 2004.
Haughey Airports was renamed Stobart Air, a subdivision
within WA Developments. The airport was then
Hawker Hurricane pilots.
After the war it closed and the airfield was
re-branded Carlisle Lake District Airport.