Commissioned by the Ministry of Defence, DEMOCO is currently putting the finishing touches to the largest aircraft hanger ever built in Belgium, at the military airport in Melsbroek. From November 8 the hangar will be home to the new A400M transport aircraft. EQUANS was responsible for various technical installations, including the electrics, HVAC, plumbing, compressed air and fire detection. EQUANS will also act as the building management and maintenance partner for the installed systems in the coming years.
In terms of dimensions and maintenance capabilities, the existing hangars were suitable for the 130 fleet. A larger hanger was thus needed for the new aircraft. EQUANS has already worked on projects for the Ministry of Defence, but the project in Melsbroek stands apart due to its size: a maintenance hangar of no less than 13,800 m2 where three aircrafts can be worked on simultaneously, along with 1,200 m2 of office space, a logistics zone with a surface area of 3,500 m2, and various storage and workshop facilities with a surface area of 3,000 m2. In the Design & Build formula, EQUANS ensures the energy efficiency and safety of the project by installing, monitoring and maintaining the electrical and HVAC systems. Meanwhile, the Belgian-Luxembourg Air Transport Unit A400M (BNU A400M) already has four of the eight transport aircraft in Melsbroek.