Designed by Tex ATC Division, world-renowned supplier of air traffic visual control rooms (VCRs) and bespoke structural, engineering and glazing solutions for military and civilian applications, the MV8 series air traffic control room benefits from more than 20 years’ design and manufacturing expertise. Download MV8 Series brochure.

The MV8 series are modular air traffic control rooms, designed by Tex ATC and manufactured and supplied worldwide for rapid installation. Tex ATC Project Managers may be employed to manage the installation or a kit-only option is available. MV8s are supplied with detailed installation instructions and bolted construction is used throughout with no site welding required.

Combining the latest architectural concepts and standards, the MV8 series specification meets or exceeds all relevant British Standards, outperforms many bespoke designs and offers a comfortable, functional, safe and stylish working environment.

All components have been specified to withstand extreme environmental conditions and therefore the MV8 series is not only universal for many locations but also extremely durable.

Tex ATC MV8 Series Prefabricated Air Traffic Control Rooms by Tex ATC, three sizes

Interior floor area28.7 m² (309 ft²)52.5 m² (565 ft²)80 m² (750 ft²)
Width at base6.17 m (20 ft 3 in)8.40 m (27 ft 7 in)10.00 m (32 ft 10 in)
Floor-to-ceiling height3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)
Total glass area54.08 m² (582 ft²)72.16 m² (777 ft²)84.64 m² (911 ft²)
Ceiling area50.42 m² (543 ft²)80.49 m² (866 ft²)118.52 m² (1276 ft²)


MV8-50 Prefabricated Air Traffic Control Room by Tex ATC, annotated view

To assist in the control of reflection, the internal finishes are appropriately angled and finished in matt black to ensure that they are not visible within the glazing. The acoustic ceiling is finished in matt black and all lighting and fittings are recessed to prevent any potential reflection.

A diagram showing the plan view of the seating layout in their Multi-View 850 air traffic control tower
Typical floor plan of a Tex ATC MV8-50 air traffic control room

Steel Framework and Lower Walkway

The MV8 series consists of an octagonal steel framework, assembled in situ and bolted to the concrete slab of the building/tower. The ring beam supports 8 corner columns, roof beams and a central aperture. The aperture is utilised to gain access to the upper walkway and roof, via a retractable concertina ladder.

The lower ring beam can be fixed using either of two methods:

  1. Steel-to-steel interface achieved through co-ordination with primary framework designer
  2. Directly to a preformed concrete upstand/curb (constructed by others) to provide the supporting structure

The ring beam and column base plates are located by a series of perimeter hold down bolts. The ring beam provides the interface point for the optional 360° cantilevered low-profile lower walkway that is integrated neatly within the design. The walkway is accessed via a hatch from the main VCR floor.

Curtain Wall

The glazing and cladding panels are retained within an architectural curtain walling system that minimises interruptions to the viewing area and provides clean aesthetical lines when viewed from outside.

The system is integrated into the portal steel structure at key load transfer points. These anchor points distribute changing forces and over pressure through the steelwork as evenly as possible. The uniformity of the structure and method of connection help reduce stress risers that occur when the structure is exposed to variations of high wind pressure.

Featuring 16 generously-sized trapezoidal glass panels, the MV8 glazing is inclined outwards at 15° to minimise glare and solar reflections. Upper and lower thermal cladding panels provide environmental/acoustic insulation.

The system also facilitates simple and rapid replacement of individual glazing panels in the unlikely event of a breakage.


Each face of the VCR contains two individual glazing panels. Double glazed panels are supplied as standard, and the specification for these includes a tinted green glass layer and an argon-filled cavity. A second laminated layer includes a Polyvinyl Butyral interlayer.

The MV8 series can also be supplied with optional Tex Maxi-View, heated, laminated glass. Tex Maxi-View glazing is a laminate product comprising various layers of tinted glare-resistant glass, clear glass, Polyvinyl Butyral and including a heating control interlayer. The heating element layer can be positioned within the laminate depending upon where the susceptibility of dew point occurs as defined by the location. Maxi-View glazing is tailored specifically to the required project to ensure optimum performance.

Glazing and frame components comply with BS/BS EN Standards or an approved internationally recognised equivalent. International standards are referenced where they either support the design intent or are relevant to the component’s country of manufacture. Glass and frames are designed for civilian and military visual control room application. Glass panels are both Aldus lamps and NVG compatible.


The upper and lower cladding systems are comprised of composite aluminium panels with thermal and acoustic attenuation properties suitable for an airport environment. The curtain wall system allows for panels to be replaced quickly and at minimal cost.

Air Traffic Control Room by Tex ATC
An MV8-50 installed at Kano International Airport, Nigeria


The roof is composed of triangular decking sub-assemblies and either a standing seam or membrane version are offered according to location and requirements.

Access to the roof is achieved through a ceiling-mounted access hatch with integral retractable concertina ladder. An intermediate ladder in the roof void leads to a roof access hatch that is supplied complete with a ladder safety post.

The roof includes an upper walkway with a safety handrail. 8 ‘swan-necks’ are incorporated into the handrail design to facilitate antenna mounting and cable management.

The VCR comes supplied with one low-intensity LED obstruction light that is compliant with CAA and FAA regulations.

Lightning Protection

The VCR is provided with a lightning protection system. The system comprises of an air termination network tape grid which is then required to be earthed to the building/tower by the Main Contractor. It is the client’s responsibility to define and supply the correct earth rod/inspection pits for the environment in which the tower is sited. Lightning air spikes/finials are not supplied as these are determined by the level of cover governed by antenna height. Tex ATC can provide these at additional cost if required.

Internal Finishes

To assist in the control of reflection and to provide a safe working environment, the internal finishes are appropriately angled and finished to ensure that they are not reflected within the glazing. The acoustic suspended ceiling is finished in matt black and all lighting and fittings are recessed. MV8s are supplied with downlighters that can be grouped as required. Tex ATC recommends that swan-neck LED task lights are mounted to consoles to reduce the potential of reflection within the VCR glass at night.

A raised floor and anti-static carpet tiles are provided as standard. Consoles and other furniture are not included as standard.

Solar Blinds

Optional manual or electrically operated solar control blinds can be provided and are recommended. The blinds run in parallel with the glazing, improve optical clarity and reduce internal reflections.

Air Conditioning

The MV8 series is designed to accommodate HVAC systems. Mechanical and electrical services are channelled through the floor and ceiling space.

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