RAFO Thumrait

The visual control room at Thumrait airbase is a 15 m (49 ft) diameter, 24-sided structure, attired with a conical parapet and encompassing a gleaming roof dome.



Full turnkey package

  • Year: 2017
  • Special Features: Cantilevered structure and roof dome
  • Shape: 24-sided
  • Floor Area: 112m2
  • Scope: Air Traffic Control Room

The design, colours and material selection give recognition to both local culture and architecture. The control room is a completely bespoke design created by TEX ATC to fulfil exacting specification requirements of the Royal Air Force of Oman and Ministry Of Defence Sultanate of Oman.

The high wind loading, seismic considerations and desert exposure posed additional design challenges to overcome in both project delivery and ongoing construction design management considerations. Careful selection of materials, finishes and surface treatment has achieved a robust and low maintenance VCR solution without compromising aesthetics or driving excessive project costs.

Being sited in a hot desert climate required integration with the building HVAC system. The properties of the glazing were a crucial part of UV reduction, glare reduction and thermal control of the glass using a bespoke TEX ATC Maxiview glass lamination.