Steadmans scoops prestigious Bahrain Air Show Project

Roofing, cladding and structural products manufacturer Steadmans has supplied the key components to build a total of 58 modular buildings for this year’s Bahrain Air Show. The buildings were constructed at the country’s Sakhir Air Base, which is close to the Royal Palace and next to the new Grand Prix race track.

The £27m project came about when the Royal Family of Bahrain visited the 2008 Farnborough and 2009 Paris Air Shows and was extremely impressed by a modular structure used at both events by US aircraft manufacturer Textron.

The Textron building was created by a partnership comprising Lea International, a Henley-on-Thames design consultancy specialising in exhibitions worldwide, Steadmans of Carlisle and Leeds-based Capital Steel Buildings distributor Town & Country Bespoke Buildings.

This same team was commissioned by the Royal Family to design, import and erect the 58 buildings which included a restaurant, media centre, mezzanine viewing platforms, show entrance and medical centre. The main structure, which housed the Royal Pavilion and 42 business units, was over half a kilometre long.

Following approval of the building’s design, Steadmans manufactured all the structural components for the framework which included 24,500 lin metres of top hat purlin sections and 27,000 metres of cold rolled ‘C’ Sections.

This was followed by the roofing and cladding elements which comprised 16,000 metres of 60mm thick Steadmans AS35/1000 insulated roof and wall panels, 7,000 metres of Steadmans AS24 profiled roof and wall sheets and over 12,000 metres of flashings plus all associated fixings. All roof and wall panels, flashings and fixings were Mercury coloured using Corus Prisma material.

The project was completed in just four months and involved hiring four jumbo jets which each transported 116 tonnes of materials and equipment to Bahrain. This was followed by more than 100 sea freight containers.

Ron Cousins, director, Town & Country Bespoke Buildings, said: “It really was a project of massive proportions for us so we needed to ensure that we worked effectively as a partnership from inception to completion.

Steadmans were superb throughout providing us with quality products, intelligent advice and outstanding technical support. The Royal Family was so impressed with the project that they have subsequently requested costs for a number of further buildings.”

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