Avi­a­tion mu­seum is all set for take-off

Stockport Times East - - NEWS -

THE new her­itage mu­seum at Wood­ford Aero­drome is to open in Au­gust.

Work on the scheme is ten weeks away from com­ple­tion be­fore the ex­hibits and fur­nish­ing are 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 in­clud­ing a Vul­can bomber.

There will also be an ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre.

BAE Sys­tems and the Avro Her­itage Trust have ap­pointed Cas­sidy + Ash­ton and Con­lon Con­struc­tion to de­sign and build the mu­seum at the site.

Terry Fisher, project manager at Con­lon Con­struc­tion, said: “The build­ing will pro­vide much en­joy­ment for vis­i­tors and avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts for many years to come.”

Tim Wal­lis, project manager from BAE Sys­tems, said: “BAE Sys­tems have sig­nif­i­cantly sup­ported fund­ing this mu­seum in recog­ni­tion of the Avro com­pany’s out­stand­ing com­mit­ment to avi­a­tion span­ning some 100 years.

“The ren­o­va­tions will en­able the thou­sands of arte­facts col­lected by the Trust to be dis­played per­ma­nently on site, pre­serv­ing Wood­ford’s his­toric links with Bri­tish avi­a­tion his­tory.”

BAE Sys­tems closed the site in 2011 af­ter al­most 87 years of man­u­fac­tur­ing air­craft.

Al­most 1,000 homes are set to be built on the rest of the aero­drome site.

An artist’ss im­pres­sion of the new her­itage mu­seum be­ing built at the for­mer Wood­ford Aero­drome site

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