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Shortlisted schemes: British Aerospace Lead-in Fighter Contractor's Support Facility

A crucial factor for British Aerospace in breaking into the Australian market for jet training aircraft was the supply of a high quality final assembly plant and maintenance workshop.

The prime purpose of the hangar, workshops and stores at Queensland's Newcastle Airport is to support an £800M deal to supply 33 Hawk trainers and a guarantee that a specified number of aircraft flying hours will be available each day. The structure also has another role as a technology flagship for BAe.

Space planning for the facility was carried out in the UK, working closely with the aircraft manufacturer. The scheme design was then transferred to Scott Wilson's team in Australia which worked closely with design and build contractor John Holland Construction to make the best possible use of local materials and methods. The project was completed within programme and budget.

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