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RG Carter to build £65m ‘stealth fighter’ aviation research centre

RG Carter has won the contract to build a £65m aviation research centre at Cranfield University.

The new Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) at the Bedfordshire education facility has been designed to look like a fighter plane from above.

The building features a two-storey atrium and will contain digital research laboratories, open-plan office space and other work space.

Next to the building is a ‘hangar laboratory’ housing a Boeing 737 aircraft donated by British Airways – where engineers can experiment with maintenance and repairs.

Designed by Burrell Foley Fischer architects, the hangar canopy and main building roofs mirror each other to look like ‘stealth fighter’ aircraft from above.

RG Carter commercial manager Ken Woodhall said: “We are delighted to have been appointed by Cranfield University to work on such a unique and impressive building.

“We look forward to delivering this creative space which will provide ground-breaking research and continue to develop the ever-growing aviation industry.”

The centre is due to be completed in 2020.

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