Aviation museum is all set for take-off
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