Aerospace Bristol is to receive a £547,277 grant from Biffa Fund, enabling the restoration of Filton airfield’s 103-year-old, grade II-listed Hangar 16M and its transformation into a conservation facility. In this building it will be possible for the public to view work on such aircraft as the collection’s Bristol Freighter, Fighter and Bolingbroke.
Until recently, Hangar 16M was home to the last flying resident of Filton, the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) Eurocopter EC135 helicopter. This has now moved to a new air operations base at Almondsbury, which opened during the autumn of 2018.
Biffa Award is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to communities and environmental projects across the UK. Lloyd Burnell, the executive director of Aerospace Bristol, said, “This fantastic grant from Biffa Award has given us the opportunity to repurpose the building to become an exciting new part of the visitor experience, engaging visitors with engineering marvels from our aerospace heritage, offering exciting hands-on learning opportunities and stories to inspire future generations. Most museum conservation work is undertaken behind closed doors, unseen by the public. But as a result of bringing conservation into public view, visitors will not only learn more about the Aerospace Bristol story, but also how vital heritage skills are saving the nation’s past.”