Custom fabric structures house, Rubb Buildings, is set to regenerate a number of its Expeditionary Forces Aircraft Shelter System (EFASS) military buildings that were originally supplied to support UK forces deployed with Operation Herrick in Afghanistan.
Beginning in 2010 Rubb delivered six EFASS warehouses, measuring some 100m in length and 25m in width - to the Operational Accommodation Technical (OAT) Output Section of the Expeditionary Campaign Infrastructure (ECI) Project Team, who successfully delivered the equipment infrastructure for the Interim Force Primary Depot (IFPD) in Helmand Province.
These IFPD structures will now be returned to Rubb during 2015/2016, where the first two arriving back at the company’s Gateshead plant will be converted into five new structures for the UK Ministry of Defence
The modular design of the EFASS allows the aluminium framing system, steel components and PVC covers to be reused to create a range of configurations to suit changing requirements. EFASS structures are available in three spans with multiple door options to accommodate fixed wing aircraft, rotary wing aircraft and land vehicle maintenance. Spans include 11.1m, 20.4m and 25m with Trident, Roller Shutter and Heli-Door options.
"We can now create five new buildings from first two IFPD buildings," Rubb Sales Manager Andy Knox said. "When the first 25m x 100m returns, we will inspect it, clean it and make any necessary repairs so it is fully refurbished. We will then add the components needed to turn this IFPD building into two shorter hangars measuring 25m x 40m, each featuring one Heli-Door and one closed gable end." The remaining 20m of hangar modules from the first warehouse will be used to create another hangar when more buildings return from Afghanistan.
"There are numerous EFASS shelters deployed around the world,” added Knox. “Many will be returned to the UK to undergo refurbishment work to bring them back up to A1 (new) condition. A typical refurbishment to bring the building back to 'good as new' will cost between 10-15 per cent of the cost of a new hangar."
Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor said: "We are always looking for ways to add value to the products and services we provide. This process is an excellent example of adding value to the ways in which we can help our client base. Our customer care goes beyond just one sale and into aftercare commitment, maintenance, delivery of improved solutions to existing and changing requirements and a dependable system of ongoing R&D and engineering in the fabric building industry.”
The company has also recently delivered seven EFASS aircraft hangars to Lithuanian Air Force, four of which were refurbished Rubb hangars that were constructed at the Lithuanian AF Air Base in Siauliai in 2005. Work on all seven hangars, including three new EFASS systems, was completed in less than five months.