International Aviation Academy Norwich

WW2 Hanger Preservation

International Aviation Academy - structure restoration

Working on these large 5,000m² x 20m tall ‘World War II’ (Type C) aircraft hangars is always a challenge and a pleasure. Not only do we get to look into the past, but we also get to preserve a piece of history for the future.

Working to a Sherwin-Williams paint specification supplied by the client, VariBlast were employed to dry-blast and prepare all structural steels to Sa1.

Where existing coatings had failed completely and oxidisation (rusting) has occurred they removed all loose existing coatings back to sound, followed by spot Sa2 dry-blasting.

Once prepared Sherwin-Williams C88 Primer & Build Coat were applied throughout, with FX1003 Intumescent coating and C137V2 top coat applied to localised areas as specified by the client.



  • Norwich


  • Norse Group & Aviation Skills Partnership

Principal Contractor:

  • R.G Carter Ltd


  • 18 weeks

Completion Date:

  • June 2017

Services Used:

  • Sa1 & Sa2 Dry Blasting
  • Airless Spray Painting