Hangar B damaged by storms

Hangar B was damaged during the storms in mid- February 2014

During the Royal Navy era (up to 1996)  the original hangar roof had been overskinned, an additional corrugated sheet steel skin had been fitted over the top of the original and the interior lined with insualtation and plasterboard.

During the storms of Feburary 2014 the wind got under this overcladding and lifted a large section of it off, depositing it on the grass behind the hangar. Jon Butts arranged with the help of other airfield tenants and operators to move the resident aircraft to temporary accommodation while contractors employed by HCA made the roof safe.

As many will know, the hangars on Hangars East are due for demolition, indeed by the time you read this Hangar A will probably already have gone. Tenders are out for temporary hangars to be erected on the hardstanding between Bellmans 1 & 4 to accomodate East tenants while the East Side is redeveloped with new roads and infrastructure. In light of this HCA decided not to replace the overcladding on Hangar B.

The insulation fibre and plasterboard ceiling tiles being water-absorbent would over time have become waterlogged as a result of rain penetrating the roor where the over-cladding had been lost. There was a danger that the increased weight would cause them to fall down - we have seen this happen in Hangar J for example. To obviate the risk of falling ceiling components at the LFA Hangar it was agreed with the HCA to engage a contractor to remove the internal ceiling grid, tiles and insulation. Once that work was completed it was possible to see many holes through the now exposed original roof, which were not visible previously. Those have since been sealed and the hangar re-occupied. The hangar remains perfrectly sound and has many good years of service remaining.