West Midlands-based property development and investment company Barberry Industrial has reached practical completion of a £40million aerospace manufacturing and design facility for global aircraft component and systems maker Moog Incorporated in Gloucestershire. The 19,000-square-metre carbon-neutral facility is located on a four-hectare site at Ashchurch, Tewkesbury.
Barberry began construction on the site, which is located off the A46 near Junction 9 of the M5, in April 2021, having agreed a 35-year lease with Moog. Designed to a BREEAM excellent EPC A+ standard, the facility is expected to be operational later this year. It has been fitted with 2,400 450W PV solar panels capable of generating a megawatt of electricity, a state-of-the-art 50,000-litre underground rainwater-harvesting system that supplies water to the toilets, reducing water usage by an estimated 1,000 cubic metres per year. It also features EV charging points, high-quality insulation, bat and bird boxes, insect hotels, heat-recovery systems that reduce natural gas consumption and LED intelligent lighting throughout.
‘This has been a fantastic, award-winning project and it has been a pleasure to work alongside Moog, a global leader in aerospace manufacturing, as we hand over their new facility, allowing their business to service new contracts, generate new highly skilled jobs and enjoy continued success in Gloucestershire,’ said Jon Robinson, development director at Barberry. ‘We are very proud both to have delivered a wonderful facility on behalf of the company and to have led the way on what is one of the few carbon-neutral manufacturing facilities in the UK, fulfilling several green credentials and allowing Moog to address sustainability while also incorporating several staff-wellbeing provisions within the building. including a fully equipped gymnasium and staff relaxation and welfare area. providing an excellent working environment for Moog employees.’
‘Moving into our new manufacturing and design facility in Gloucestershire marks the beginning of an exciting new era for Moog,’ added Mark Lawton, ACC division general manager at Moog. ‘The Barberry team has delivered an outstanding centre of engineering excellence.’
Moog’s existing Tewkesbury Aircraft Controls Segment operation has a large engineering division housed within its current facility, acting as the town’s largest employer, having operated from there for more than 40 years.
According to the company, the new facility will accommodate all aspects of its business under one roof, while also providing room for further expansion, helping to foster further growth in its engine- and flight-control products for military and commercial aerospace programmes.