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£15.4m landmark aerospace project is first of its kind for Midlands contractor

03 April 2023

Using cutting edge BIM technology, leading Midlands-based contractor G F Tomlinson is designing and constructing works for the new £15.4m Air and Space Institute (ASI) Newark in Nottinghamshire. The project is well underway and due to be completed at the end of 2023.

The new three-storey building is the first build of its kind for G F Tomlinson and will provide world class training for the air and space industry, accommodating a full-sized Airbus A318 for hands-on teaching experience, alongside a double height entrance hall, large open space hangar, flight simulator, teaching zones and lecture and seminar areas for students and staff at the Lincoln College Group.

The project was procured through our Major Works Framework which allowed Lincoln College Group to quickly and compliantly appoint their preferred contractor, meaning they could get the project underway as soon as possible.

From project conception, G F Tomlinson used its revolutionary BIM technology software to digitally map the complex build which includes numerous articulated angles, using world coordinate systems for the construction and design of the build.

This allowed the contractors and Lincoln College Group to work the design and use real time updates to navigate the build through all the fundamental stages of conception. The technology will continue to be utilised throughout each phase of the build until completion.

The team will also be overseeing external retaining and soft and hard landscaping works at the site.

The ASI provides a unique opportunity for school leavers to train for pilot, engineer and ground-crew roles in airlines, the military, airports and logistics companies across the UK and abroad. The new state-of-the-art facility will allow the institute to provide world-class training to students aged 16 to 18.


Adam Brumfitt, Regional Manager (Midlands) at Pagabo, said: “We’re proud to see our Major Works Framework providing a quick and compliant procurement route for Lincoln College Group. This facility is a fantastic investment for the local community, and we can’t wait to see the finished building in use by the next generation of aviation professionals.”


Chris Flint, Managing Director at G F Tomlinson said: “We are delighted to be appointed as main contractor on this development. The project will provide students at the Lincoln College Group with a state-of-the-art facility and enable the ASI to offer first-class training at a brand-new campus in the heart of Newark.

“We are extremely pleased to have secured this project under Pagabo’s Major Works Framework. Through our early contractor involvement and close collaboration with the Client team, we look forward to turning Lincoln College Group’s vision into a reality by providing a world-class training facility for young people throughout the region.”


Councillor David Lloyd, Co-Chair of Newark Town Board and Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “It is fantastic to see the vision for the Air and Space Institute coming to life in Newark and I know many local people are looking forward to having this huge asset in our district. Providing skills locally is a key driver for the whole package of projects being funded under Newark’s Town Fund initiative.

“The ASI will be a huge boost for Newark’s inspiring generations of future pilots, ground crew and engineers to see its new home when it is completed. It will help shape the ambition for Newark’s future, making it a place people want to live, work, study and visit and I look forward to seeing the progress over the forthcoming years.”


Lincoln College Group Director of ASI and Strategic Growth, Tom Marsden said: “Like the whole of the town, we’re hugely excited about the progress being made on site and we can’t wait to see the building. Young people completing their GCSEs this year can apply for our engineer, pilot, space engineering, groundcrew and military pathways now and they will benefit from these fabulous new facilities during their course, as well as the chance to fly in our ASI aircraft and flight simulators.”


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