Heritage museum getting ready to open in August
THE new heritage museum at Woodford Aerodrome is set to open in August.
Work on the scheme has now finished and exhibits – including a Vulcan bomber – are now being moved in.
The fire station at the former aerodrome, which closed in 2011, has been converted to celebrate Woodford’s rich aircraft heritage.
The museum will house Avro Heritage Trust’s extensive catalogue of aviation history documents and exhibits and there will also be an education centre.
BAE Systems and the Avro Heritage Trust appointed Cassidy and Ashton, and Conlon Construction to design and build the museum at the site.
The design is a contemporary structure with directional dark cladding. Inside Conlon Construction created an exhibition hall and new mezzanine gallery.
The construction project also included the creation of a first floor café where visitors can view the Vulcan, along with archive, reading and classroom facilities for private study and school visits.
Tim Wallis, project manager from BAE Systems, said the project will protect aviation heritage and inspire future generations.
He said: “We are delighted with the results and the collaborative approach of Cassidy and Ashton, and Conlon Construction which helped the project to be delivered so smoothly. We look forward to seeing the first visitors marvel at the exhibits in August.”
BAE Systems closed the site in 2011 after almost 87 years of manufacturing aircraft.
Almost 1,000 homes are will be built on the rest of the site.