Office design and fit-out specialist Area Sq has continued their longstanding relationship with easyJet, with the completion of a new workplace and training facility at Gatwick Airport – the easyJet Gatwick Academy. Designed with the intention of working alongside the existing facilities at easyJet’s Luton Academy, the new workplace has been built within Concorde House at Gatwick to ease crew access for all parts of Europe.
The 43,000 sq ft project was completed in under four months. 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. 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. The simulator includes an airbus body, cockpit and cabin simulator. Crew members will be trained whilst being timed with the use of dry ice, and lighting to imitate emergency evacuation procedures. 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.
Speaking at the opening event for the new facility Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet said: “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.”
Oliver Hammond, director at Area Sq, said ‘It’s always a pleasure to work with easyJet and this project has been no exception. It was very important that the design of easyJet’s new facilities encapsulated the brand values that are already entrenched at their Luton hub. We were very happy to deliver this for them, as well as having the opportunity to take on the unusual challenge of installing an airbus simulator into a workplace!”
Area Sq’s relationship with easyJet spans more than 10 years and has included the refurbishment of their Luton Hangar 89 office and Luton academy as well as crew rooms throughout the UK.