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Farnborough Airport

Hampshire, UK
TAG Aviation


Aviation & Rail
September 2006
Architect / 3DReid
Engineer / Buro Happold
Landscape Design / Lovejoy (now Capita)
Main Contractor / TAG Construction
Structural Steelwork / Rowecord Engineering
External Cladding / Mero
© Hufton and Crow

RIBA Awards 2006, Southern Region (Winner)

Building Awards 2006, Project of the Year (Winner)

Structural Steel Design Awards 2003, Major Scheme (Winner)


Farnborough Airport FBO Terminal, Hangar and ATC Tower celebrates the “theatre of aviation”

3DReid won an international design competition to create ‘Europe’s premier Business Aviation facility’ at Farnborough Airport for the newly created TAG Aviation.

Drawing upon a reputation for high-quality performance (through association with McLaren Racing) and design (Techniques Avant Garde), the client was explicit about the quality of design for the new facility which would not only provide a terminal and associated operational and maintenance buildings, but also become their headquarters building.

TAG Aviation’s clear vision for the future presented us with an inspirational challenge: to develop an architecture that captures the romance, technology and excitement of flight. We set out to create a theatre of aviation, with aircraft as the actors. Careful planning, innovative building and engineering techniques from our partners Buro Happold and the use of a family of materials, produce a coherent, well integrated airport from three functionally diverse buildings of vastly different scales.


The terminal has a dual purpose.

Half the building serves as TAG Farnborough’s HQ building and the remainder provides the passenger processing, security and lounge facilities. The wing plan and Mill finished aluminium shingles create a statement from both the air and the ground.

The ATC tower is 34m high

A visual control room (VCR) at the top, provides a panoramic view of the airfield and has two-storey accommodation at the base. It is the first tower in the UK to have a 16-sided glazed control room; traditionally they are 6-8 sides.

3DReid designed two three-bay hangars

The facilities are column free, utilising an innovative design. By adopting a tied arch below ground-level, the internal spaces remain unencumbered by structure, maximising useable space to accommodate growth in aircraft to be stored and serviced.

“The family of buildings complement each other in modern design and efficiency.”

Ron Hedges, CEO, TAG Farnborough Airport
Ron Hedges,
CEO, TAG Farnborough Airport
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