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08 December 2015

CField complete £10.5m refurbishment of iconic airship hangar
CField Construction have successfully completed the refurbishment of the iconic Grade II* Listed 'Shed No.1' airship hangar in Cardington, Bedfordshire. Originally built in 1916, Shed No.1 has a floor area of approximately 220,000 sqft and a roof height in excess of 50m. Prior to the refurbishment works, the hangar was a Category A building on English Heritage's 'Buildings At Risk' register and fell within the top 6% of important Listed Buildings in the UK. In its newly refurbished state, the hangar has been removed from the 'Buildings at Risk' register with Robert Parkinson of English Heritage identifying the project as 'a major success over the past year' at their Heritage at Risk National Launch. Given the grade II* Listed status of the building, CField worked closely with English Heritage and the Bedford Borough Council Conservation Team to ensure that all works to the listed building were carried out in accordance with Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance. The works were carried out in a live tenanted building which involved close co-ordination and communication with all tenants which included Warner Bros, One Direction, Virgin Air Balloons and Hybrid Air Vehicles. The shed is now home to the largest aircraft in the world which is being developed and constructed by Hybrid Air Vehicles with its maiden European flight due to take place in Spring 2016.

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Brian Curtin - Hogan Associates, Architecture & Urban Design

"I have been working with KPMG for five years and for any type of project management and construction work, CField would always be first on my list to engage."

Ruairi Keneally - KPMG

“We found CField an excellent Building Company to deal with. Their attention to the specification and implementation of the works made the job easy for us. This job was completed on budget and on time, and we would recommend CField to any client looking for a good job well done.”

Aidan Lucey - O’Callaghan Properties

“The finished building looks great and your team can be congratulated on a fine achievement. In anticipation of the reopening on Friday we have already taken the hanger off our ‘At Risk’ Register. We plan to identify your project as a major success over the past year at our Heritage at Risk National Launch.”

Robert Parkinson - National Planning & Conservation Architect

“CField carried out their work in an extremely efficient and professional manner in order to meet the contract requirements of this project. We look forward to working with them again on future projects.”

Kieran Flynn - Hallmark

“CField were a pleasure to deal with on site. Given that it was a live site and the administrative offices continued to function throughout the project period, disruption was minimised and management of movement of staff to different locations within the building during the project was facilitated efficiently. Any issues or concerns raised were dealt with positively in a timely manner and the project was completed without delays.”

Una Carroll - Assistant Principal Officer, Cork Education & Training Board

“Will happily continue to recommend CField to our clients. Excellent service.”

Joe Keane - Development Director, O’Callaghan Properties

"Thank you for your excellent work in bringing this project to fruition. CField and all the excellent staff were always professional, committed, honest and worked hard to help us have the lovely building we now have. Their continual communication and patience in guiding us through the process was very much appreciated. I would recommend them, and have done, to anyone considering a similar build."

Dr Edward Gash - Principal, Midleton College
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