Shannon Group on target to deliver €18m hangar

Shannon Group on target to deliver €18m hangar

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Shannon Group on target to deliver €18m hangar

Shannon Group plc is on target to complete a new €18 million, 92,000 sq ft specialist aircraft painting hangar at Shannon Airport, adjacent to Shannon Free Zone and capable of accommodating some of the world’s largest aircraft.

Posted by The Clare Herald on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Shannon Group plc is on target to complete a new €18 million, 92,000 sq ft specialist aircraft painting hangar at Shannon Airport, adjacent to Shannon Free Zone and capable of accommodating some of the world’s largest aircraft. 

Over 150 jobs have been created during the 14 month construction phase and the hangar is on target to be completed by the end of 2019. The hangar is located on the Shannon Airport campus which is home to the longest runway in Ireland.

The construction of the wide-body hangar is Shannon Group’s largest construction project to-date and will be Ireland’s first aircraft hangar to be developed in almost 20 years. Shannon Group will lease the hangar to IAC – International Aerospace Coating, a leading global aircraft painting, interiors and graphics specialist.

The project involves the construction of a steel framed wide-body aircraft paint hangar and internal ancillary office space, workshops, plant rooms and storage space within the airport lands at Shannon Airport. The new hangar will be the only hangar in Ireland with the capability to accommodate multiple aircraft types up to and including, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Over 190 metres of new taxiway to facilitate aircraft movements is also being undertaken as part of the project.

Commenting on the need for the new hangar Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group said: “Shannon Airport has the largest hangar footprint of any Irish airport, with nine hangars. These are fully occupied and this project is being undertaken to meet demand for additional space and fulfil our role in growing and expanding Shannon’s cluster of aviation businesses.

“The development of such a major project demonstrates our commitment in this respect. It is part of an overall €100 million investment programme which the Group will have delivered for the region by the end of this year.”

The project is being delivered by Shannon Group and is partially financed by a loan from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) whose mandate is to support regional development and economic activity in Ireland on a commercial basis.

“We are very grateful for the ISIF support and the support they have shown for the aviation sector, particularly in Shannon,” said Ms. Considine.

Donal Murphy, Head of Infrastructure and Credit Investments for the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, said: “ISIF’s investment is our second major investment in Shannon Airport, bringing our total funding for enhancing its infrastructure to €26m. This investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to regional development in line with the new ISIF investment strategy, announced earlier this year.

“Coupled with ISIF’s other major commercial investments in regional infrastructure, ISIF is aiming to improve the connectivity of Ireland’s regions and make it easier for Irish employers to access global markets, find new customers and sell more to existing customers,” he added.

“We are delighted to have secured IAC as a tenant for the hangar which is consistent with the Government’s National Aviation Policy to develop the aviation and aerospace sector in Shannon. It demonstrates government commitment to enhance Ireland’s attractiveness and encourage more aviation businesses to locate and expand,”said Ms. Considine.

Gerry Dillon and Grainne McInerney of Shannon Commercial Properties and Deirdre Whitney, Property Manager, Shannon Airport – Photo: Arthur Ellis.

Stressing the significance of the project Ray O’Driscoll, Chief Operating Officer, Shannon Group said: “This is a major project that supports the expansion of Shannon Airport and IASC (the International Aviation Services Centre), and contributes to Shannon Group’s strategy for developing its commercial property portfolio. By the end of 2020 Shannon Group will have delivered over 900,000 sq ft of new or refurbished commercial property solutions at Shannon Airport and Shannon Free Zone,” he said.

Environmental sustainability is an important part of Shannon Group’s development objectives. Sustainability and efficiency were key parameters in the design process of the new hangar, with all maintenance and engineering equipment chosen for maximum efficiency. The new hangar will feature LED lighting, maximum transparent panels in the roof for natural light, an air recirculation system for the extraction system and a heat recovery system for exhaust air.

Welcoming the announcement Rose Hynes, Chairman, Shannon Group said: “The hangar will greatly contribute to the development of Ireland’s aerospace capabilities for some of the world’s largest commercial aircraft. It further enhances Shannon and Ireland’s reputation as a global centre for the aviation industry which Shannon Group is actively promoting through its IASC.”

The main contractor is Keating Construction of Kilmihil, Co. Clare – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Facts about the Hangar:

The hangar is capable of accommodating some of the world’s largest aircraft and could for example; fit three narrow-body aircraft at the same time.

The floor area of the hangar is 92,000 sq ft:

It could fit 30 full size tennis courts 

It could accommodate 34,000 people, standing – almost the equivalent of the combined population of Ennis and Shannon Towns

It could fit 860 average saloon family cars 

It could hold over 5 Olympic swimming pools

It has what is believed to be Ireland’s ‘widest door’

Over 1,200 tons of structural steel was used in the construction – the equivalent weight of 860 average family cars.

Over 9,000 cubic metres of concrete, or 1,100 truckloads of concrete, was used in the construction of the hangar.

The hangar has been designed to the highest safety standards with its own bespoke fire suppression system.

The new hangar will be the tenth hangar to be constructed at the airport, the largest hangar footprint of any Irish airport. The airport’s ten hangars occupy a combined space of over 600,000 sq ft, the equivalent of 40 Olympic swimming pools.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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