Her­itage mu­seum get­ting ready to open in Au­gust

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

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.

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