Vertical Aerospace is a modern, exciting company, looking to change the way people travel, with the creation of ground-breaking eVTOL aircraft. In 2019 Vertical Aerospace launched, the Seraph, becoming the first company worldwide to release footage of an eVTOL aircraft in flight capable of carrying 250kg.
When they looked to develop their design and manufacturing facilities in Bristol, they approached Dura to deliver a workshop that would serve to inspire the right culture and behaviours within their highly-advanced team. This was the vision of founder Stephen Fitzpatrick, who wanted a clean, clinical and efficient workspace, modelled on environments from his previous role as a Formula 1 team owner.
Working closely with Senior Engineers and Technicians, Dura formulated an initial design by using the architect’s drawings to create an environment which considered all the requirements from Vertical Aerospace, whilst taking into account all other aspects of the build. During the consultation period, the design was adapted to coincide with changes made to the overall project. This also presented an opportunity for Dura to design a further two workshops for the clean electronics lab and metal workshop.
Care was taken to ensure the new environment was safe and highly organised, to accommodate procedures and practices demanded of a modern aviation workshop. It was also key the new workshop had the flexibility to adapt to the rapidly-changing needs, as the business moves from prototype to aircraft manufacture.
In total, Dura designed and installed four separate workspaces for Vertical Aerospace, each created specifically for the environment it was intended, whilst complementing the overall project aesthetically.
Senior Aero Systems Engineer, Owen Thompson Cheel, commented “The installers were really great. They showed professionalism throughout and their attention to detail was brilliant. Dura are a really good partner for Vertical Aerospace, a British manufacturer who we will look to work with again on future modifications. It was a pleasure working with everyone involved at Dura.”
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