Lancashire Energy HQ, Blackpool & the Fylde College

What the project involves

Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Lancashire Energy HQ is a new flagship development on Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.

The £9.8m educational facility represents significant investment in technical and professional education for the energy sector, which will drive business growth and jobs in the area.

It is designed to provide a cutting-edge education and training facility local students, delivering the full range of technical and professional education required by the industry, with a focus on the green and renewable sectors.

Part of the Northern Powerhouse project, Lancashire Energy HQ aims to attract high-skilled jobs and businesses to area.

How the client is benefiting

Aegis was appointed to provide CDM principal designer services to the college for the design and build of the Lancashire Energy HQ facility on the site of the former airport terminal. The construction project ran from April 2016 until June 2017.

The facility is equipped with industry-standard resources and technology to support the delivery of technical and professional training for the energy sector.

The building includes workshops and accommodates specialised skills training for the energy sector, especially oil, gas and wind. In addition it incorporates teaching classrooms, staff and administration facilities, ancillary spaces, kitchen and supporting spaces, refectory and atrium.

The construction comprises a new two-storey steel frame, formed through a double height space with curved roof to the rear and two-storey space with flat roof to the front. It is a BREEAM Excellent building, with an extensive solar heating system on the roof.

Aegis’ CDM solutions required us to co-ordinate health and safety arrangements to make certain processes and procedures for all on-site activity were meticulously implemented.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

For nearly a quarter of a century, Aegis has provided value-adding CDM services for major development schemes.

Since the since the initial introduction of the CDM regulations in 1994, we have been instrumental in numerous major projects across the North West. This means we have developed deep knowledge and specialist insight into our clients’ specific requirements.

In addition to Lancashire Energy HQ, we have worked on a number of education projects including  Blackpool and the Fylde College’s Advanced Technology Centre and Construction Skills Centre,  Preston’s College’s iSTEM Centre, Blackburn College’s RATH Building and leisure centre, Myerscough College’s high performance centre and student accommodation block, and Bolton School’s sixth form centre.

CDM-C Gate Guardian, BAE Systems

What the project involves

A full-scale replica of the iconic English Electric Lightning fighter jet has been installed to guard the gates of the BAE Systems Samlesbury site, and Aegis has played a key role in the project.

The life-sized model has replaced the original fuselage which was manufactured at Samlesbury. It has stood at the gates on the A59 for more than two decades, but has become damaged by the Lancashire elements over time. The replica, constructed by a specialist aeroplane renovation and replica manufacturer based in Cornwall, is made of fibreglass to better protect it from the environment.

The project involved the removal of the original gate guardian and replacing it with the replica. The model has a front of house location next to the main site entrance and the busy A59, and is therefore highly visible to passers-by and site visitors.

Work was split into three phases: Groundworks to prepare the site, transportation of the replicas from Cornwall to Samlesbury, and installation of the replica aircraft.

How the client is benefiting

BAE’s Samlesbury site is occupied by the company’s Military Air and Information Division. The iconic Electric Lightning, which has helped lay the foundations of modern day jets such as Typhoon, is an important piece of heritage – not only for BAE but Lancashire as a whole.

Aegis was appointed CDM Co-ordinator on the Gate Guardians Project and has had a continuous involvement in co-ordinating health and safety issues which impacted on the works.

The key benefit to BAE Systems is that Aegis ensured all processes and procedures for the removal of the original gate guardian and the installation of its replacement were implemented effectively and comprehensively. This was also taking into account the busy working site and its proximity to a main road.

The replica English Electric Lightning fighter now stands proud at the site where it first took to the skies in November 1959. It was a turning point in aviation history as the first completely British designed and built fighter aircraft able to fly at twice the speed of sound.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

Aegis has been working with BAE Systems at its Samlesbury and Warton sites for more than 18 years, and is a preferred supplier for the Military Air and Information Division there.

We will continue to work with BAE as it enters the second stage of the Gate Guardians project, to erect a second full-scale replica of an F-35 Lightning II alongside the Electric Lightning – parts of which are built at Samlesbury.