Area Sq has continued their longstanding relationship with easyJet, with a new workplace and training facility at Gatwick Airport – the easyJet Gatwick Academy.The brief detailed how the easyJet Academy had to work alongside the existing facilities at easyJet’s Luton Academy. The project location is within Concorde House at Gatwick to ease crew access for all parts of Europe.
The project consists of a five-floor easyJet training academy including training rooms, a café area and cabin simulator suite, all of which were designed to encompass the brand values that are so prolific at easyJet’s head office in Hangar 89 and in the Academy both in Luton.The biggest and most exciting challenge of the project was overseeing the installation of an airbus simulator into the ground floor. The team inched the full size bespoke cabin emergency evacuation trainer (CEET trainer) into the office building with only millimetres to spare.
43,000 sq ft
The project team delivered this project on time and on budget. Having been involved in a building project personally, I can tell you how amazing that is…We are so pleased to be officially opening our new easyJet Gatwick Academy. ”CEO, easyJet
Meticulous structural design had to be planned to remove part of the ground floor curtain wall system, required to provide access to the space for the CEET trainer. The simulator includes an airbus body, cockpit and cabin simulator. The CEET allows easyJet to train its crew in all types of scenarios from on-board fire/smoke filled cabin to on board service and operation of the aircraft. In a separate part of the space a full size slide trainer was located between Ground and First floors for training staff on the emergency evacuation process.