Fume and smoke control for MOD Mildenhall aircraft base
A Brakel Airvent survey of the hangar in question highlighted that – due to lack of preventative maintenance from a previous service provider – all rooftop vents required replacement. The existing appliances were out of date so we specified enhanced products to improve performance and efficiency – EN12101 Part 2 polycarbonate vents manufactured by Brakel. These vents feature internal lux levels to reduce the cost of lighting within the building during daytime operation, and the control infrastructure was tested to ascertain what aspects of the system could be reused (for example, the roof cabling was retained to save material and access costs).
A key part of the update was an improved control system which ensured that the existing fire strategy was maintained. It was important to the client to ensure complete control, and we added fusible link operation as a failsafe.
In addition we provided specialist bespoke external bird guards due to a particular problem with birds nesting at the site, and ensured proper external work was carried out in such a manner as to allow all maintenance to be carried out from within (it’s alarming how many systems are installed in the UK without consideration or provision for ongoing maintenance).
Brakel products, such as the Eura used here, are manufactured from recycled aluminium with a life expectancy of over 25 years, offering low maintenance.
It was a challenging project working with the MOD in restricted areas and within tight deadlines, but we managed to deliver the project in a way that will improve the conditions of those working within the building and save the MOD money.