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Filton Grant

Filton - famously the home of "Bristol" - has won a grant from BAe to conserve the surviving WW1 buildings and develop a heritage centre.

Filton, South Gloucestershire: BAE Systems has announced its support to the Bristol Aero Collection Trust in creating a new Bristol Aerospace Centre by pledging to donate £2 million to the project, as well as £ 400,000 in-kind support for design, construction consultancy and project management. The Company is working with the Trust to ensure the long-term conservation and display of Concorde 216, as well as an extensive collection of aerospace artefacts and archives. The Centre will exhibit the region’s rich aviation heritage, telling the stories of Bristol’s contribution to advances in aerospace technology and the role of the community and workforce.

The funds donated are a key component of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust’s application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the creation of the Centre. The Trust is also in discussions with several major corporate stakeholders with regards to their support for the project.

The Centre will be located on the northern edge of Filton Airfield, on a site which has been pledged by the landowners, BAE Systems. The site includes two World War I, Grade Two listed hangars, which will be fully refurbished to provide a first class aviation heritage museum, a learning centre and an archive. A new building will house Concorde 216 and related exhibitions. The site is situated on the northern fringe of Bristol in South Gloucestershire, with central Bristol approximately a 20 minute drive away.

Article posted: 21/12/2012

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