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Cranfield University, AIRC Building Wins RICS Regional Design Through Innovation Award

We’re thrilled to announce that the Aerospace Integration Research Building (AIRC) has won a ‘Design Through Innovation Award’ at the regional RICS Awards.



Designed by the design team at CPMG Architects and featuring Sotech Optima’s Bespoke Cassette Panels in Larson ACM Ral: 7043 & 1018, the building has been recognised in the Best Large Commercial Building award category. CPMG Architects has been recognised for delivering an exceptional building design which has had a positive impact on communities.

The £35m research centre, based at Cranfield University, fosters aerospace collaboration between industry and academia. It includes the latest aerospace research technology including air traffic management (ATM) and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) laboratories, flight simulators, a virtual wind tunnel and a 1500 sqm Open Space laboratory.

AIRC Interior

Tracy Flynn, development manager at Cranfield University said: “CPMG’s approach to developing this unique building combined flair and individuality which ensures that the spaces within the building really work and are simple to maintain. This project has helped to position us at the forefront of aerospace research and education in Europe.”

Jamie Brown at Sotech said: “It’s fantastic to see the flagship building recognised in this way. We are proud to have played a role, working with Metclad Contracts and bringing the architects vision to life. Congratulations to all involved.”

Opened in October 2017, the AIRC project will now compete to be overall category winner at the national RICS Awards 2018 Grand Final, to be held in London in November 2018.

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