Air Traffic Control Tower, Edinburgh

SAS International metal ceilings and bespoke wall cladding have been used in the new Edinburgh Air Traffic Control Tower.

Key features




BAA Property


Reid Architecture

Main contractor

Laing O'Rourke


Ceilings and Partitions

Completion year


System type

SAS330, Acoustic Wall Systems

Area M2



United Kingdom

The 57m-high tower at Edinburgh Airport was designed by REID Architecture around the business and operational needs of both the airport and National Air Traffic Control Services, while meeting the constraints of a tight, compact site.

SAS330 tiles and trims were used along the circular corridors on the ground floor and level one, with curved aluminium perimeter trims also being specified. In addition, bespoke perforated curved wall panels were supplied for internal cladding along the same corridors to provide an aesthetic yet functional front to the smoke extraction system. Should there be a fire, smoke is drawn through the perforations by the smoke extraction system located behind the panels.

SAS International contributed to the new design with a solution that met stringent standards, whilst offering easy access to the many services located in the corridors. The solution also supports the ethos of exciting design employed by REID Architecture.

The circular plate, pierced through the middle by the tower shaft is an extremely efficient plan. The cleverly combined base building and tower provide a strong and impressive form visually and an enhanced structural integrity in an economic building form.

Systems used