The Galliford Try-built RAF Cranwell High G Training and Test facility has been recognised by the Forum for the Built Environment East Midlands awards, winning in the category for best non-residential development.
The £8.7m scheme saw the creation of a new facility which houses the centrifuge that allows the training of pilots to withstand the intense G-forces created by flying fast jets. The 39-tonne machine rotates 34 times a minute around the 1,600 sqm drum-shaped building, reaching 9g, the equivalent of the forces faced flying the new F35 Lightning.
The project was delivered for Thales UK, on behalf of the RAF, and is the first facility of its kind to built in the UK since the 1950s.
Jon Marston, Managing Director for Galliford Try East Midlands, commented: “The team at Cranwell deserve huge credit for delivering this technically challenging scheme to an excellent standard. This award is a just recognition of their efforts and I congratulate everyone who was involved on the project for their success.”