British Airways

Refurbishment of Flight Training Centre.


UK’s fledgling pilots continue their simulation training thanks to Merit’s engineering feats.

Merit delivered the M&E installation works at British Airways’ flight training centre in Middlesex.

  • Works comprised refurbishment of existing 200m long hall to house 16 flight simulators.
  • We changed the carbon steel pipework to trubore stainless steel for a more cost effective install.
  • The pipework was prefabricated at Merit’s 9,000m² offsite manufacturing facility in the North East.

British Airways is the UK’s largest international airline and one of the world’s largest global premium carriers. Operating one of the most extensive international scheduled airline route networks, they fly to more than 70 countries with a fleet of over 280 aircraft and carry almost 40 million customers every year.

Merit was appointed to design, install and refurbish the existing Technical Building A, home to 16 flight simulators used by fledgeling pilots.

Merit delivered the mechanical and electrical services at the brand new, state of the art flight training centre for British Airways. This was a prestigious and high profile project comprising design and construction of the simulator hall, mezzanine structure within the simulator hall; office areas on the ground floor; level 2 and level 3; rooftop plant; and plant rooms.

Merit appointed a logistics controller to oversee and escort any deliveries to the site. All deliveries were re-booked with BA/ISG security. We lifted 3no new chillers onto the roof of block G using a 500te mobile crane. The lift took place overnight to comply with Air Traffic Control restrictions and airside access was required for this lift to be carried out.

We encountered various health and safety issues working in this environment, such as working at height in the simulator hall; working on the roof; and control of the working environment, particularly with other contractors being present.