Airbus Factory, Broughton

Architects: FaulknerBrowns 30,000m² of half-round cladding profile 5,000m² of sinusoidal cladding profile 8,000m² of flat sheeting

This impressive development is one of the largest projects in the UK, using profiled cladding and is being used for the manufacture of the wings of the new Airbus A380. The building is 400m long with elevations over 30m high and covers 17.5 acres. Two different cladding profiles were specified, both lain horizontally and both supplied in PVF2, in two different colours, dark metallic silver and mid grey.

The different colours help to break up the mass of the building, as does the use of the contrasting profiles – one a bold half-round design and the other a slender sinusoidal. Also supplied was an extensive metreage of sheeting which was used to make the flashing. The final result is a manufacturing centre that makes an architectural statement about aesthetics, elegance and environmental integration for such a large factory.