Aviation & Aerospace

Published: October 1, 2019 | Updated: October 2, 2019

Construction firm completes luxury private jet terminal at Bournemouth Airport

By Andrew Diprose, editor

A Dorset construction firm has transformed the former Bournemouth Flying Club bar and café into an XLR Executive Jet Terminal.

Previously vacant for the past three years, the ex-flying clubhouse at Bournemouth Airport dates back from the Second World War and is sited within the airport boundary.

During the 15 week refurbishment, Poole-based Greendale Construction’s small works division carried out a complete internal refurbishment and redecoration, minor mechanical and electrical works and external repairs/works.

The external works included brickwork repairs, new lintels and rendering, as well as new front entrance doors, portal and cladding. Internal works included a full strip out, full new electrical and mechanical installation and air conditioning.

The Greendale team also installed new walls, ceiling, doors, shower room and bathrooms, as well as a new kitchen, refreshment station and bespoke reception desk.

A full groundworks package was delivered to form a better-looking landscaped area along with new car park and external lighting.

The XLR Lounge will now process all private jet customers and provide pilots and aircrew with refreshment and conference room facilities.

It is one of four luxury private jet centres in the UK operated by XLR which is part of Regional & City Airports (RCA), a subsidiary of Rigby Group plc. The other centres are at Birmingham, Liverpool and Exeter.

Neil Drissel, Small Works Contracts Manager, Greendale Construction, said: “This has been a challenging but very rewarding project for the small works team and all those involved.

“What was once a neglected and outdated building has been transformed into a stylish and modern facility.”

Poole-based Greendale Construction was established by Directors Chris Kane and Rob Hooker. The firm celebrates its 30th anniversary next year.