The new Visual Control Room (VCR) at Thumrait Airbase is a large, 24 sided structure, attired with a conical parapet encompassing a roof dome to emulate a jewel in the crown of the new Tower. The design, colours and material selection give recognition to both local culture and architecture. The VCR is a complete bespoke design created by Tex ATC to fulfill Royal Air Force of Oman and Ministry Of Defence Sultanate of Oman exact specification requirements.

Tex ATC air traffic control room, CAD render
CAD render, general view, RAFO Thumrait, Oman
Tex ATC air traffic control room, CAD render
CAD render, detail view, RAFO Thumrait, Oman
Under construction
Structural steelwork

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.

Tex ATC installing the roof membrane on an air traffic control tower
Protan roof membrane

Being sited in a hot desert climate required integration with the building HVAC system and incorporating glazing properties to reduce solar gain, glare and thermal control of the glass using a bespoke Maxi View glass lamination.

Installing the glazing panels


Tex ATC air traffic control room, roof dome installation
Assembling the rooftop storage dome
General view, RAFO Thumrait