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What the new addition to Bombardier's Belfast base could look like

What the new addition to Bombardier's Belfast base could look like

What the new addition to Bombardier's Belfast base could look like

Bombardier is pushing forward with major multi-million pound plans which could extend its aircraft facility in Belfast by around 60%, Ulster Business can reveal.

Full plans have now been submitted by the aerospace giant could see its Airport Road West site grow by around 31,000 sq m. The wing production and assembly facility houses Bombardier’s resin-infused composite aircraft wing manufacturing process for the Airbus A220 aircraft programme.

Bombardier employs around 3,600 people in Northern Ireland, including 1,000 working on the former C Series jets, which have been rebranded as the A220, after Airbus took on a majority stake in the series.

The complete wings and fuselage components for the jet are made within the Canadian aerospace giant’s Belfast operation, which is being sold off to US-based Spirit AeroSystems. The new proposed extension would increase the facility by around 60%.

It’s now submitted detailed plans for the scheme, alongside Arup, after carrying out a pre-application discussion and community consultation earlier this year.

The firm says “the proposed extensions are positioned to increase the capacity space for aircraft wing manufacturing and assembly”.

“The extension design is largely driven by the spatial requirements of the processes which would be carried out within the building, such as large open spans and clear heights for lifting and manoeuvring the products and tools within the building.”

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