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Airbus UK is flying high with Future Filton 

bifm awards 2015 impact
Andrews Sykes
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BIFM Awards 2015 - Impact on the Workplace


A scheme to revolutionise the workplace for employees at its Filton complex in Bristol has seen Airbus UK’s FM team triumph in the BIFM Awards’ Impact on the Workplace category.


In 2011, its 30-strong FM department took on the ‘Future Filton’ challenge to develop and refurbish entire buildings on site, right down to creating modern workstations, breakout rooms and meeting spaces – the aim being to transform the working day for 4,500 employees. 


The €61 million project was brought in on time and under budget. 


The process had to be seamless and integrate with the closure and removal of old workspaces – causing no disruption to Airbus employees while they worked. 


The investment had to provide a world-class environment to retain, attract and fully engage highly motivated, innovative employees by offering excellent working conditions to enhance teamwork, improve levels of performance and employee wellbeing.


Workspace has been transformed with the development of a new multi-storey building called Barnwell House that can accommodate 2,400 employees, the restoration of a Grade 2 Listed building called Pegasus House for 400 employees, and the refurbishment of Avon House to a similar standard for 700 employees.


Revamped workspace included 2,800 new ergonomic workstations, 18 think tanks for ad hoc meetings, 150 hot desks for flexible working, 80 transit desks for visiting employees, 50 breakout spaces. 


Improved networking and meeting areas included three auditoriums, 107 meeting rooms, eight video conferencing suites and more lifestyle services and choice with two Starbucks ‘Grab and Go’ outlets and three Costa Coffee outlets.


A reduced carbon footprint was attained within new shower facilities promoting biking to work, 600 secure cycle spaces, 1,200 car parking spaces and 50 motorcycle spaces.


The BIFM judges said: “The Airbus UK FM team clearly demonstrated great examples of best practice in very challenging circumstances to achieve its goal of transforming the Airbus Filton site. This was not only in the construction of a new state-of-the-art office accommodation, but also the refurbishment of a Grade 2 Listed building. Ensuring the end goal of employee and customer experience was fundamental to ensuring this project was a success and as such created the Impact on the Workplace at the highest levels.”


Filton’s FM team is part of a global department operating on all Airbus sites. It is responsible for 5,000 customers, and 24,000 assets across 56 buildings on 118 acres.