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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

BAE Systems reception, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Capita Symonds design to capture the essence of BAE's fighter jets
Featuring a design inspired by the dynamic form of a Fighter Jet, the new reception building at BAE Systems’ manufacturing and aerospace facilityat Samlesbury in Lancashire has officially opened.

The facility, designed by Capita Symonds, is responsible for building the front fuselage and other parts of the Eurofighter Typhoon as well as a number of other aircraft including the Lockhead Martin F-35 Lightning II.

Two major new four-storey office buildings, which have achieved a minimum BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’, (the UK sustainability standard) have also opened at the site. The buildings will accommodate flexible engineering accommodation - one will house F-35 staff while the other will house customer support for BAE’s Saudi Contracts.

The offices feature a raft of sustainable features including low energy consumption, biomass boilers, rainwater harvesting and a central atrium providing both a wealth of natural daylight and air circulation. As part of the green travel plan, showering and changing facilities have also been provided within the office buildings to encourage staff to cycle into work and help cut down the company’s carbon footprint.

Dave Holmes, Director of Investment and Infrastructure Services, BAE Systems, said, "This marks another significant milestone in the transformation project. The new reception facility and improved entrance are designed to create the right image for Samlesbury site and the business, whilst at the same time being highly functional.”

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