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the finished
[ PROJECT ]
Air One
W
ith the increasing use of drone aircraft in everything from
surveying and photography to package delivery, it makes
sense that there should one day be a drone airport. Well,
that time has come.
London-based Urban-Air Port has built the first dedicated
drone " vertiport " in Coventry, U.K., with plans to expand to cities
around the world in the next five years. The project, called Air
One, is an ambitious fabric structure that hosts a moveable
hydraulic FATO platform (Final Approach and Take-Off area) in the
structure's center. The nearly 150-foot in diameter structure is
clad with PVC-coated polyester fabric and includes a fabric lining
incorporating clear visual panels to the internal drum wall.
Base Structures UK Ltd. played a key part in this first
groundbreaking project. It supplied and installed the external
fabric cladding roof and wall panels as well as the internal drum
wall window panels, circumjacent to the moveable FATO drone
launchpad in the structure's center. A number of other elements
within the structure were also provided by Base Structures,
including a polycarbonate pelmet, skirt and door surrounds.
" Multiple trades and designers were involved in this
complicated and intricate project, so collaboration and
coordination were key to making it a success, " says Andy Traynor,
director of Base Structures. " As a blueprint for the first of many
urban drone airports, there's an ambitious target to roll out as
many as 200 vertiports around the world in the next five years.
We're proud to be able to provide and apply our fabric knowledge
and skills in a totally unique way. "
48 SPECIALTY FABRICS REVIEW / July 2022
PROJECT NAME
Air One
DESIGNED BY
Urban-Air Port, London, U.K.
INSTALLED BY
Base Structures UK Ltd.,
Bristol, U.K.
FABRIC USED
PVC-coated polyester
PHOTOS BY
Base Structures

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