Gar­den room is just the hang­out for flyer Adrian

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

AMODEL fly­ing en­thu­si­ast is reach­ing for the skies thanks to his new gar­den room, built us­ing avi­a­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Adrian Hazel­dine is us­ing the new build­ing at his Prest­bury home as a work­shop where he cares for his col­lec­tion of re­mote con­trolled model planes – many of them repli­cas of mil­i­tary planes, with wing­spans of more than six feet.

The new 20 sq me­tre build­ing was made by Ru­bi­con Gar­den Rooms. Founder John Lyon was in­spired by his 20 years as an en­gi­neer at plane man­u­fac­turer Air­bus to de­velop a zero-main­te­nance wood fi­bre com­pos­ite ma­te­rial.

Adrian’s love of model fly­ing took off three years ago, af­ter he re­tired from his job as an IT direc­tor with an in­sur­ance firm. His hobby was be­gin­ning to take over his home un­til he hit on the idea of cre­at­ing space in the gar­den.

He said: “I wanted a pur­pose-built room and be­gan re­search­ing what was out there.

“Most seemed to be made of tim­ber, which I didn’t re­ally want as they would take a lot of look­ing af­ter.

“I came across Ru­bi­con Gar­den Rooms and their prod­ucts re­ally ap­pealed as they are in­cred­i­bly low main­te­nance and well in­su­lated.

“Model fly­ing was some­thing I had been in­ter­ested in for a long time, as well as an in­ter­est in en­gi­neer­ing, which helps when you are build­ing model aero­planes. But it was only when I re­tired that I had the time to pur­sue it. I looked around for a club and joined South Cheshire Re­mote Con­trol So­ci­ety.

“I have learned a lot from my fel­low mem­bers at the club, some of whom have been in­volved in the hobby from an early age. Fly­ing our model air­craft out in the open air is great fun.”

Adrian has a range of air­craft, with his favourite types be­ing ‘war­birds’ – old, mil­i­tary, ra­dio-con­trolled air­craft. His largest model is a Maule civil aero­plane, the largest and heav­i­est of his col­lec­tion, with wings span­ning six and a half feet.

Adrian, who has two grown-up daugh­ters, a son and four grand­chil­dren, is mar­ried to Tracey, who is also de­lighted with the new gar­den room.

He said: “I pre­vi­ously had my model fly­ing stuff in the house and fre­quently across the kitchen ta­ble as I’m not the ti­di­est of peo­ple, so it is a great re­lief to Tracey that ev­ery­thing is now con­tained in the gar­den room.”

Ru­bi­con, based in Dee­side, north Wales, de­signs, makes and in­stalls be­spoke top-of-the-range units that are used for ev­ery­thing from home of­fices to art or mu­sic rooms, yoga stu­dios, teenage dens and an­nexes for de­pen­dent rel­a­tives.

Adrian Hazel­dine with his gar­den room in Prest­bury

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