His Majesty the King oversaw the inauguration of the new Airbus Espaa Future Campus in the Madrid city of Getafe, which makes the plant the third largest European aerospace plant after Toulouse and Hamburg.
The President of the Government Pedro Sánchez and the Minister for Science and Innovation Pedro Duque, as well as other authorities, took part in the opening ceremony. The Airbus Espaa Campus Futura project was born more than ten years ago from the strategic decision to promote Getafe as the company’s focus in Spain and to relocate the Barajas offices.
The new facilities, the construction of which began in July 2018, offer space for 1,700 employees and encompass a plot of around 51,200 square meters, of which 33,500 correspond to urbanization and the rest of buildings.
In the Campus Futura project, which was chosen by Airbus Espaa employees, digitization and new ways of working occupy a prominent place in the design. It integrates open work areas, discussion and co-creation areas, green spaces and the use of digital technologies to make work faster and more efficient. The structure of the H-shaped buildings is designed to encourage interaction between buildings like on a university campus, encourage dialogue between different teams and improve employee wellbeing. The campus is intended to be a key element for attracting and retaining talent.
Alberto Gutirrez, President of Airbus Spain, commented: In the current exceptional circumstances, this inauguration is a symbol of resilience, but also of a development that will allow Spain to remain at the forefront of global aerospace. The future lies in developing advanced industrial capabilities to support next generation designs, developments and aerospace programs, with a special focus on the technologies required for sustainable aviation. This Campus Futura is a place where you can work in a more agile and collaborative way. A space that reflects how collaboration and diversity are crucial in order to become more and more effective and innovative.
In terms of ecological sustainability, it has a BREEAM Very Good prequalification. The project was developed entirely in BIM (Building Information Modeling), with which it is possible to work in real time, exchange information in the cloud and integrate several facets of the building.
The project is based on three pillars: agility, adaptability and innovation. The Getafe expansion is part of Airbus Espaa’s long-term master plan, which includes not only building the new campus, but also modernizing and optimizing all on-site facilities.
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