With the terminal steel complete Bartlett is supervising work on one of the main hangars and several support buildings. Scott Wilson also designed the frame for Thai Airways' hanger (right), which is a vast steel box with a 270m long entrance capable of taking three of the new Airbus A380 'Superjumbos' side by side. The building width is 90m.
'The space inside needed to be as flexible as possible to park many smaller planes too so only two columns are allowed, ' says Bartlett. A 'cantilevering space frame' was the solution, with two main spines over the columns and the long door beam supported at the end. The back of the building is tied down with tension piles and concrete counterweighting.