Case study overview



June 2017


Bristol Airport

Industry Sector


Water Tank Dimensions & Capacity

Hot press sectional tank with externally flanged sides and base levelling steels.

8x6x3 meter high sectional water tank to hold a capacity of 144,000 litres of water.

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Bristol Airport Case Study | Bristol airport is one of the UKs fastest growing regional airports, employing just over 200 people, with a wider employee community of nearly 3,000. 2017 marks the airport 60th anniversary of flying from the current site in North Somerset.
The airport was officially opened by HRH Prince George in 1930 although the history dates back to 1927 when group of local businessmen raised £6,000 through public subscriptions to start a flying club at Filton Aerodrome. This later to become the birthplace of Concorde.
To date Bristol airport has seen an addition of two major terminal extensions completed since 2011. Further development projects underway, including the construction of a multi-storey car park opposite the terminal.

Our client contacted our technical sales team for a quote to manufacture and supply a fire suppression water tank required by the airport to hold a total capacity of 144,000 litres.

Our client requested to duplicate water tank specifications on two previously installed sectional tanks already on-site.

On further evaluation, the specifications needed to be amended slightly reducing in size to meet the smaller space restriction at the silver zone car park.

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The initial challenge was to duplicate the specifications of two existing sectional tanks on-site. However, due to space restrictions, the tank specifications had to be adjusted slightly. The tank was designed with insulated GRP panels, bowser fill points, and specialized couplers for emergency water draw-off by fire services. Gate and butterfly valves were included for each outlet. To address the issue of low water pressure on the elevated site, a sectional water storage tank was installed to provide adequate water pressure for fire suppression.


The outcome of the project was a successfully installed fire suppression water tank that met the airport’s fire safety needs. The tank was designed to comply with the stringent regulations outlined in LPS1276, ensuring its effectiveness in fire protection. The project timeline, from inquiry to installation, spanned around 4 months, including a decision-making period. Bristol Airport was satisfied with the product and services provided, expressing a positive outlook for future collaboration.