The most testing requirement for the RAF Coningsby Visual Control Room (VCR) was a high sound attenuation value due to the resident RAF Typhoon aircraft twin afterburning design. Tex ATC’s Security Clearance for working on Military projects allowed us to obtain the acoustic footprint of the Eurofighter in order to identify the frequencies that driving attenuation when selecting our material composition for the VCR envelope.

Tex Maxi-View Glazing was selected using its versatility to create a bespoke laminated package without compromising optical clarity. The design incorporated a series of vibration absorbing Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) interlayers at given intervals to attenuate at the required frequency.

Given the pace of the resident RAF Typhoon, field of view was paramount for monitoring and tracking. The design adopted over sized glazing panels using a single panel per facet resulting in only 8 no. low profile glazing joints. This was further enhanced with the unique positioning of the support columns to the rear of the control room with a lightweight cantilevered roof system. The combination of these design elements extended a 280⁰ uninterrupted field of view of the entire airfield, for the air-traffic controllers.

Tex ATC air traffic control room at RAF Coningsby, UK
Completed VCR at RAF Coningsby, UK
Craning the steelwork for Tex ATCs air traffic control room at RAF Coningsby, UK
Completed Steelwork