Founded in 2006, Qatar-based Rizon Jet is well-known for providing incomparable flying experiences for the most discerning business traveller. Rizon pride themselves on ‘an experience in which we meet the needs and exceed the expectations of every customer’ and turning flying into a fine art. When the company authorized the design and build of a brand new terminal facility in the UK, the provisions had to meet these same demanding standards which the company prides itself on.
“We are totally confident in our ability to consistently exceed your expectations, whenever you fly or use the services of Rizon Jet”.
To establish a UK base to accommodate its international clientele from Europe and the Middle East, Rizon Jet chose London Biggin Hill Airport as the perfect location. The stunning new two-level FBO (fixed base operator) and VIP Terminal, designed to represent the very best in Arabic and European style, includes a 4,300m2 hangar facility, including workshops, battery rooms and kitchens.
Working with main contractor Civils Contracting, Zircon Flooring, one of the UK’s leading resin flooring specialists, was appointed to install approximately 5,000m2 of hard wearing and slip resistant flooring surfaces, to give the premises a visually appealing look to match the quality of service.
Before the application, the floors were cleaned and prepared with comprehensive shot blasting and surface grinding to create a flat, smooth surface for a more efficient application. For the 3,000m2 main hangar floor, which will accommodate aircraft up to BBJ (Boeing Business Jet) and ACJ (Airbus Corporate Jetliner) size, Zircon Flooring specified the application of long-lasting epocem flooring.
Epocem is a 3-component epoxy modified cementitious self-smoothening floor topping and temporary moisture barrier. Used as a thick damp proof membrane, this was then topped with a layer of seal coating to create the resin finish. Resin flooring offers exceptional durability, abrasion and chemical resistance and is easily cleaned and maintained – ideal for a busy aircraft hangar.
To create clearly distinguishable areas in contrast to the light grey floor of the main hangar, walkways were marked out using a matt finish, applying a darker grey surface with green outline to signify the safe walkway areas. Seal coating was also used to provide resistant flooring for the back of house areas, which include a private office space, lounge area and an innovatively designed children’s play area.
In the areas of the hangar where maintenance work would be carried out the flooring was required to have an anti-static textured finish. To achieve this, Zircon flooring applied a two part, textured, high-build coloured epoxy resin: providing a liquid proof, gloss finish to the floor and also offering good levels of chemical and mechanical resistance.
To complete the interior’s stunning aesthetic, all industrial flooring joints were sealed using a column based grout. Now complete, the new Rizon Jet terminal facility provides vital fuelling, ground handling and maintenance services for the company’s growing fleet of aircraft. Thanks to Zircon’s high quality application and the comprehensive range of Sika flooring products, the hangar will help Biggin Hill in its aim to establish itself as the leading private jet airport for London and for the Olympics in 2012.