London Southend Airport is a fast-growing international transport hub in Essex. Given its rapid expansion, our client wanted to better serve commercial airline fleets by constructing a new hangar next to the airport runway.


The design team for the project comprised Oswicks Property Professionals (lead designer), John Sime Associates (structural engineer), Dome Engineering Design Ltd (M & E consultants) and John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd (steel frame and cladding specialists).

The project

A. W. Hardy was pleased to secure the contract for the re-build and fit-out of the new hanger after a competitive, select-tender list bidding process. The unit was to be built off an existing hard-standing, which had been left following fire-damage to the previous building. This required new substructure works and an extended hangar space, large enough to accommodate an Airbus 321. 

Security and operational challenges

The shared boundary and close proximity of the airport runways required strict adherence to security and safety protocols throughout the 40-week project. We also needed to erect and clad the building with no disruption to scheduled flights. The new hangar was constructed to ‘back-onto’ an existing operational warehouse unit. It also incorporated an accommodation block within the hangar space.

Fit-out and landscaping

Our specialist fit-out of the hangar included close-tolerance, power-float finished flooring. Renewed and extended external hard landscaping was also required for the scheme to provide a ‘runway-grade’ taxiway between the hangar and the airport.

We were delighted to be chosen for this prestigious project. We were able to demonstrate our ability to manage operational challenges whilst providing quality, tradition and craftsmanship. This innovative project provides important new facilities to enhance economic growth.