The A380 final assembly line complex for AIRBUS in Toulouse
Airbus decided to construct the final assembly line for its new large A380 aircraft on the "Aéroconstellation" development area in Toulouse. Like the aircraft to be produced, the factory complex is exceptionally large in order to allow the assembly of the A380's various components manufactured all over the European continent.
A specificity of the studies was the co-design phase during which the airport experts of ADP Ingénierie (ADPI) worked with the Airbus teams for the proper integration of the process into the initial design of the project.
The master plan for the factory is derived directly from the manufacturing process: the delivery of the sections is done at the north end of the site before assembly operations are organized along a north-south axis. To the north, unloading areas and logistical facilities serve the principal building, called the "Arch" by virtue of its form in plan. The Arch contains an unloading hall, 2 assembly halls, 3 equipping and testing halls, and 3 construction and testing halls, each with a floor area of close to 10 000 m2. To the south of the Arch are located the aprons for exterior testing and for delivery of aircraft to airline companies. On each side of the central axis of the complex are located additional hangars, support services and ancillary buildings.
The organization of the Arch affords an economy in the utilization of space and in construction, functioning and flexibility of use over time.