Building the scenes for a new Rubb Group video


Our new video is set to take viewers behind the scenes at the Rubb Group to highlight the design, manufacturing and construction processes that underpin our fabric building solutions.

Creative company Studio Wallop has been busy gathering video footage and images over the summer for the new company film for the Rubb Group.

Staff and ongoing work at Rubb took centre stage when Studio Wallop spent some time on site filming the design and manufacturing processes involved in creating Rubb fabric structures.


Studio Wallop is an independent creative studio based in Liskeard, Cornwall, specialising in film, animation, photography and design. Set up by director and designer Stephen Tolfrey, Studio Wallop has more than 24 years experience in producing work for many clients, from small independents to major international brands.

Owner/Producers Stephen and Kim Tolfrey filmed at Rubb’s design and sales offices and PVC and steel manufacturing workshops. They also visited the site where Rubb’s building frame steel work is hot dip galvanized to protect it from corrosion.


Staff from Rubb Marketing and the film crew visited two high profile Rubb buildings in the north east of England: Newcastle United and Sunderland Association Football Clubs’ training facilities. These two sports buildings are considered to be flagship indoor football training hubs and are good examples of how Rubb building systems can help protect players from the elements, while providing an internal light and airy atmosphere thanks to our translucent roofing systems.


From the pitch to the airfield

With filming and photography complete at Rubb and key sites in the north, Studio Wallop then set off on the long road trip to Gatwick Airport for the opening of the new Rubb aircraft hangar for easyJet at Gatwick Airport. The new top-flight, two-bay facility provides 5200sq m (58,125sq ft) of usable working floorspace and can accommodate two Airbus A321s at the same time.

The video also features other projects and highlights from throughout the Rubb Group, which has operations in the UK, USA, Norway, Sweden and Singapore.

Rubb Group CEO Rune Vamråk said: “We are very proud of our new video. Studio Wallop and the staff involved did a great job. The video allows clients to explore our commitment to excellence in engineering in everything we do, while watching the processes involved when creating our quality fabric building solutions.”

You can view the Rubb Group video here.



Newcastle Aviation Academy and Airport


Rubb UK enjoyed the opportunity to explore behind the scenes at Newcastle College’s  Aviation Academy and Newcastle Airport with other members of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum recently. It was an excellent tour.

Tim Jacklin, Manager of Newcastle Aviation Academy and RAF Engineering Veteran, provided an informative tour of the facility. Based at Newcastle International Airport, the £3.3million Aviation Academy allows students to develop their knowledge and skills in an exciting and practical environment.

Facilities include a Boeing 737 fully functional aircraft, incorporating all systems on which students can carry out standard repairs on the flying controls, engine, power supply, air conditioning and landing gear. The academy also features a series of workshops kitted out with the very latest equipment, designed for the study of specific aspects of aircraft engineering and an IT Suite equipped with modern CBT training equipment for the electrical and electronic practical training.

We also found out more about Newcastle International Airport’s Training Academy which provides world class training to businesses and individuals from across the globe. Course are available in Aviation, Firefighting, First Aid, Security, Offshore Emergency Response, Crisis Management and a whole range of other safety related courses. Customers include Heathrow Airport, Faro International Airport, Vector Aerospace and a number of organisations from other industries.

A look behind the scenes of baggage handling completed the tour and gave us some unique insight into the operations at Newcastle Airport.

Rubb UK continues to provide a variety of aircraft hangars to the aerospace and defence sectors. To find out more please visit



Hurricane Action Steps

This is a reminder to owners of Rubb Buildings in hurricane zones.

The 2014 hurricane season is upon us, and that means taking the proper precautions to help ensure your structure’s durability through the storm. During a hurricane or tropical storm, wind forces, especially with the presence of tornadoes, can sometimes exceed building code design requirements. Although Rubb Building range products are properly designed to code and engineered to resist substantial wind loads, we stress the importance of following the safety measures outlined below so that you can help to minimize or prevent damage to your Rubb Building and preserve the structure’s integrity and longevity.

  • Close and secure all doors to the Rubb Building. This applies to large equipment or hangar doors as well as smaller personnel doors.
  • Repair any loose or damaged PVC cladding. Excessively loose areas of fabric should be tightened if possible. Tears in the PVC should be patched with a PVC Repair Kit to strengthen the area around the tear and prevent flapping in the wind, which can lead to additional tearing. Cutting a circle in the fabric at the end of the tear will help spread out the tension in the fabric and prevent the tear from spreading.
  • Check base tension of the PVC. The PVC tensioning hardware around the base of the structure should be applying even tension on the covering. Any loose tensioning hardware along the sides should be tightened. Caution: PVC cladding should be tight but over tightening will stretch the fabric and is not recommended.
  • Secure debris in the area. Although a hurricane can carry wind-borne debris for miles, you can help to minimize damage to the PVC membrane and structural frame by securing any loose items on your site that could blow into the building and cause damage.
  • Make sure structure is properly anchored. Some Rubb products, especially non-code designed shelter range products such as the THA, are often secured with ballast blocks and/or around spikes. These should all be in place and properly secured to the structure baseplates, foundation beam or base angle. Check that the proper number of anchor spikes or bolts is being used to hold down the foundation. If needed, secure the frame of the shelter to ballast to help hold it in place.

In the event of emergency please contact our President at 207-651-7821, our Chief Operating Officer at 207-651-7354, or our Site Operations Manager at 207-651-7358.

Rubb USA Erects Chevron Maintenance Building

Sanford, ME – Rubb Building Systems completed work on a BVR structure maintenance building for Chevron Corporation earlier this April in Questa, New Mexico. The seven span structure was erected atop ISO containers that would provide the clearance needed to service equipment and store materials.


After seeing the structure provided by Rubb for Thyssen Mining, Chevron felt that the BVR container design would be a good fit for their maintenance building. The project included design, manufacturing, and installation of a 40 foot candle lighting, I-beam foundation, Thermohall insulation, ventilation and electrical systems. “We didn’t have issues with anything,” said John Cisneros of Chevron in regards to the customer service and quality of the building provided by Rubb USA, “It was an A+ experience.”

Rubb to exhibit at the 2013 Break Bulk Convention in New Orleans

Rubb Building Systems, a leading supplier of relocatable port buildings worldwide, will be exhibiting at the Breakbulk Americas Convention to be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 23-26, 2013. Please stop by booth #446 to meet Jim Chadbourne and Dave Nickerson and discuss Rubb’s extensive product line.

Breakbulk Americas is the largest and most important gathering in the Americas for companies involved in the shipping of heavy-lift, project cargo and traditional break bulk cargoes.

Exhibitors include the world’s major carriers, forwarders and ports that handle specialized heavy-lift, project and break bulk cargoes. In addition to a bustling exhibition floor, Breakbulk Americas will feature a 2-day conference with top speakers addressing industry issues. The in-depth program will delve into today’s most pressing break bulk transportation topics. Speakers will also discuss the hottest regions for break bulk and project cargo, and review sectors such as oil and gas, and other power generation markets.


Rubb to Exhibit at the 2013 AAAE Show in Reno

Jim Chadbourne will be off to Reno to share information about Rubb Buildings at the 85th Annual AAAE Conference and Exposition. The show runs from May 20-22, 2013 at The Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada.

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) annual conference always attracts thousands of airport and aviation professionals, including airport executives; airport and aviation suppliers and vendors; airline personnel, and representatives from FAA, TSA and DHS. Four days of discussions revolving around the current state of affairs of the airport industry will be supplemented by an exhibit hall with over 200 vendors ready to assist the industry in meeting its challenges with their products and services.

Monday, May 20, 2013: 08:00 am – 3:30 pm and Tuesday, May 21, 2013: 08:00 am – 2:00 pm