Airbus A380 assembly site Jean-Luc Lagardère made with ArcelorMittal steel

Some 50,000 tonnes of steel were required in the construction of the buildings that form the 'Jean-Luc Lagardère' plant. This huge industrial complex is once more a proof of the versatile nature of  steel and of its multiple uses and potential.

Detailed information

On January 10th 2003, Airbus A380 has passed the significant threshold of 100 orders, the first deliveries being foreseen for 2006. The Airbus assembly plant for this double-deck, 4 engine jet airliner, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Plant at AéroConstellation in Blagnac was opened in 2004.

With a length of 250 m, a width of 115 m and a height of 46 m, the main hall for the assembly of the Airbus A380 in Blagnac, near Toulouse, may not slip by unnoticed.
The assembly factory of the A380 covers an floor area of 122,500 m² and comprises a main fabrication hall measuring 250x115 m with a height of 46m, 6 smaller halls (100x100m) and 23.000m2 of office space.

Steel Structure

Around 35,000 tonnes of steel were used for the structures of the plant's industrial buildings which basically consist of rolled sections and welded plate girders. Most of the hot rolled sections and the steel plates used as components for the welded sections were supplied by ArcelorMittal.

Steel Envelope

The façade cladding of the assembly halls is also made of steel. Around 60,000 m² of the façades are clad in a total of 2.500 tonnes of steel, 500 tonnes of stainless steel were used for a 6.000m2 façade area.

The door area covers 21.000 m2, of which the major part (18.000m2) are clad in stainless steel.
The main cladding product used for the the façade is Ecaille, a folded steel sheet from the Arval by ArcelorMittal aesthetic product range. Ecaille was fabricated of carbon steel sheets prepainted with the high performance Hairexcel coating (colour intense) and of stainless steel (annealed and grained 220) used mainly for the door areas.

The roofing, representing an area of 121.000 m², is covered by self supporting trapezoidal steel sheets also fabricated by ArcelorMittal.

Project Information

  • Blagnac
  • France
  • Architect:
    Cardette-Huet and ADPi Architectes et Ingénieurs
  • 2004
  • Client:
    Airbus France
  • Engineering Firm:
    Technip-Coflexip, Jaillet-Rouby
  • Contractor:
    Cimolai-SMB, Castel & Fromaget-Richard, Ducros-Buyck, URSAA, Gagne
  • Photographer:
    Arval by ArcelorMittal