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Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the largest independent aerospace and defence companies that delivers innovation and excellence in engineering, support solutions and services in the air, on land and at sea.

The company is trusted worldwide for its expertise in civil, military and commercial aircraft and defence solutions. It specialises in the conversion, modification, maintenance and support of civil and military aircraft, defence vehicle engineering, shelter manufacture, composite solutions and the provision of personnel, training and advice.

The company's head office is based at Cambridge Airport, with offices across four continents, and employing over 2,000 people.

Angela Eastman works in the facilities team and they are responsible for infrastructure at the airport, including all buildings, the control tower and hangars - ensuring the safe and ongoing supply of essential services such as: gas, electricity and water. The team also oversees all maintenance and the upkeep of the buildings. The site is approximately 800 acres with 1million square feet of property. Here Angela shares her experience with De-Ice:

"When the aircraft come in to land, it is our responsibility to ensure the facilities at the airport are there to support them. During periods of wintry and icy weather, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group works with the winter risk management specialist, De-ice, to ensure the site is safe and operational at all times.

requirements – despite initial impressions winter maintenance providers differ widely.

Make sure your winter maintenance supplier provides the following as a minimum:

• Daily forecasting based on road surface temperatures • Agreed site plans - highlighting areas to be serviced • A tracking system to evidence attendance • The ability to stockpile salt

• Work with a dedicated winter maintenance machinery that can be calibrated for an even spread of salt

• Insurance • A transparent audit trail

• A dedicated account manager for you and 24/7 contact during the winter

If you are self-delivering, then review and update your policy and processes. Make sure staff are appropriately trained and machinery fit for purpose and ensure you keep accurate records of when and why you gritted. Don’t wait – regardless of the weather, standard winter maintenance contracts commence on 1st November.

"This is a contract that has now been running for a number of years. We have to ensure safe access for vehicles and people 24 hours a day, and cannot afford any downtime in operation - no airport could. Equally, we need to be assured that anyone working on or visiting the site is as safe as possible; we do all we can to avoid slips or trips.”

De-ice grits all the roads and car parks on the site, ensuring safe access for all vehicles and people. The team is given fixed entry and exit points, and - generally - tends to come on to the site overnight, which is the optimal time to grit.

"Their task is not an easy one, and they need to cover a vast area some of which is fragmented. However, the team at De-ice are always very willing to support and do whatever is necessary to ensure the site is properly covered," Angela comments.

Vicky Lopez, Director at De-ice, said: "It's great to have such a prestigious site as Cambridge Airport as part of our portfolio, and we recognise the hugely valuable work that Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group does. Weather has the potential to really disrupt their day-to-day activity, and when it comes to ice and snow, we will go the extra mile to ensure the safe operation of the site."


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