Steadmans flying high with International Air Show Project

Roofing, cladding and structural products company Steadmans has manufactured a total building envelope solution for a striking modular structure used by US aircraft manufacturer Textron to promote its aircraft at this year’s Paris Air Show.

Textron required an impressive stand that would reflect its position as a global market leading business and the structure also promoted Bell helicopters and Cessna aeroplanes. The unique demountable building, which was used at the Farnborough Airshow last year, and again recently at the 2009 Paris Airshow, will be used for a third time at the 2010 Farnborough Airshow.

Leeds-based company Town & Country Bespoke Buildings, a Capital Steel Buildings distributor, was awarded the contract for the three shows by Lea International, a Henley-on-Thames design consultancy specialising in exhibitions, hospitality suites and commercial interiors worldwide.

Following an initial briefing from Lea International, Town & Country Bespoke Buildings assessed the proposed design in conjunction with Perthshire structural engineers, Alexander Scott, to consider how best to construct the building.

As a key partner of Capital Steel Buildings, Steadmans was involved in this assessment process and advised Town & Country Bespoke Buildings on the building envelope, which included the design of unique tooling to create special brackets for the mono pitched roof.

Following approval of the building’s design, Steadmans manufactured structural components for the framework followed by the roofing and cladding elements of the building. This included 3000 lin metres of cold rolled steel ‘Z’ purlins and ‘C’ Sections, 1,200 metres of Steadmans AS35/1000 60mm thick insulated roof and wall panels, 800 metres of profiled roof and wall sheets plus all associated flashings and fixings.

Ron Cousins, director, Town & Country Bespoke Buildings, said: “This was a very prestigious project which required an outstanding building to create an excellent sales and entertainment environment. In addition, it needed to be demountable so that it could be used on three important occasions over three years.

“Working with Steadmans allowed us to exceed our client’s expectations. They have a very organised and progressive team that provided us with tremendous support throughout the project. They have a strong technical capability combined with excellent customer service which meant we could deliver a superb building that really set Textron apart from the competition.”

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