Steadmans cladding system chosen to refurbish specialised aircraft hangar at West Wales Airport

Over 2,000 square metres of Steadmans AS24/1000 single skin roof and wall panels in Wedgewood Blue were specified and installed by West Wales Airport for the refurbishment of an aircraft hangar to be used by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) at West Wales Airport, near Aberporth.

Owned by The Mann Organisation, West Wales Airport has undergone a major redevelopment programme to establish a centre of excellence for the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The 1,600 square metre aircraft hangar will be used by the MoD from November 2009 for testing and evaluation of the Watchkeeper UAV programme for the British Army.

Steadmans AS single skin roof and wall panels are rolled in five different profiles in a choice of 0.5mm and 0.7mm thickness. Manufactured in a wide range of colours and finishes the panels have a service life of up to 40 years and a comprehensive range of ancillary components including flashings fixings, sealants, guttering, and rooflights is also available.

Mike Taylor, engineering manager at The Mann Organisation, said: “Due to budgetary constraints we decided to carry out the work on the aircraft hangar using direct labour rather than going through a contractor. The original roof panels had rusted through in some areas so the whole roof was replaced along with the external walls.

“Steadmans AS roofing and cladding products were ideal, they were competitively priced and had an excellent choice of colours on offer. Throughout our dealings with Steadmans the service was excellent and its sales team provided invaluable practical and helpful technical advice.”

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