Nexus Training and Production

Surrey County Council

Project Details

CLIENT: Surrey County Council

ARCHITECT: HGP Architects

CIVIL ENGINEER: Lyons O’Neill

CONTRACTOR: Willmott Dixon

VALUE: £40M

CONTRACT PERIOD: 74 Weeks

PROCUREMENT ROUTE: 2 Stage open
book design and build

FORM OF CONTRACT: NEC 3
Option A

APPRENTICES EMPLOYED: 10

BIM: Level 2

ADDED VALUE TOTAL: £5,700,000

THE PROJECT:

Sitting on the runway, awaiting take-off, it’s always relaxing to hear
the calm, confident voice of our pilot. To get to that position, the pilot
would have undergone 1,500 hours of training – probably using a flight
simulator owned by L3 Technologies, a $10bn American aerospace
organisation.

As part of its global expansion, L3 commissioned a new £40m training
and production facility on a site owned by Surrey County Council just
a few miles from Gatwick Airport. The Nexus Training and Production
Facility is critical for the UK’s aviation industry, as it will attract huge
amounts of inward investment.

The project involves creating two rather special buildings. The first
is a global centre for excellence in airline training and houses eight
RealitySeven™ flight simulators, each costing £12m. It also includes
a number of fixed-based simulators plus briefing rooms, classrooms,
meeting rooms and a restaurant. The second building, opposite, is a
similarly sized facility to manufacture 30 simulators a year and be a
base for more than 300 employees.

Shared Apprentices 10
Average AIR Zero harm/ No RIDDOR’s
Average CCS Score 44 out of 50
Waste diverted from landfill 99%
Overall performance 9/10

Operating off-grid

Joe is looking at trialling new ideas to help the whole company. One of the most exciting
ideas is to see if the site office can operate off the main electricity grid – “less Rover, more
Tesla” as he half-jokingly puts it.
“We examined every aspect, and although we couldn’t quite get there, we did pretty
well. We’ve got £40,000-worth of solar panels on the roof, plus dehumidifier drying units,
double doors at the office entrance and separate air conditioning units for upstairs and
downstairs.”
Running costs are being monitored, reviewed and shared. “Sustainability is very important.
to ensure sites are energy-efficient site and this is about learning how to handle energy
supply in the future.”

ContractGateway 2 Planning Gateway 3 Contract Agreement Variation
Cost£40m£40mNIL
Time74 weeks74 weeksNIL

Contacts:

Guy Dawes, Framework Manager
Guy.Dawes@Willmottdixon.co.uk

Erika Buckenham, Framework Coordinator
Erika.Buckenham@Willmottdixon.co.uk

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