The Aircraft FactoryLandlord
24 weeksCompletion date
110,000 sq/ftGross internal area
When John Waring and Robert Gillow set up their furniture business in 1903, little did they know that one day their factory would help Britain win both World Wars. The factory, based in West London, was used to manufacture cabinets and other high-end furnishings. All that changed at the outbreak of the First World War and they transformed into the Alliance Aeroplane Company, producing aircrafts.
It was necessary to carry out a full inspection for an intense understanding of the building. This gave the ThirdWay team insight into planning, implementation of structural elements, immediate attention for any problematic sections and address the look and feel of design. Design meetings, design workshops, samples, mock ups, technical reviews and cost review meetings all took place on a regular basis with the contractor and client.
Strip out works began immediately to maximise build-ability. A new 12 metre steel frame canopy was added to the building to enhance the sense of arrival to the campus, and increase the size of the reception.
...A CAMPUS OFFICE ENVIRONMENT
The Aircraft Factory with its unique character and warehouse-feel has been fully converted to provide a campus office environment with on-site coffee bar and break out areas. The high ceilings, unisex super loos and pendant energy efficient lighting are all perks of the space.
To enhance the factory space we installed wood and metal deck raised flooring, made provisions to increase excellent natural light, added a quiet green, install communal inside and outside seating for informal meetings, included cycling bays and showers along with electric car points and a roof terrace to the penthouse office.
Industrial design with exposed features
- Sandblasted columns and brick walls
- New windows and doors
- Extended reception
- New industrial AC units