Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund this unique project saw a transformation of the Brookland site, restoring the original banked circuit finishing straight and providing new display space for the historic aircraft collection.
Appointed to work alongside architects Thomas Ford and Partners the clients brief was met through the careful dismantling of the listed Bellman Hanger and reconstructing it in a new location to open up the historic Finishing Straight, which was re-opened by Lord March at the Double Twelve Motorsport Festival on the 17th June 2017, 110 years to the day since the Brooklands Race Track first opened. The restored Finishing Straight, a Scheduled Monument, now connects the famous Clubhouse and Banked Circuit for the first time in 75 years.
A new bridge links the display area of the flight shed to the newly-uncovered Brooklands Racetrack finishing straight, allowing aircraft to be brought out into the open for live demonstrations and special events.
Housing a historic collection of aircraft, many containing perishable fabrics such as cotton used on early plane wings; the engineering design for the re-clad hanger had to ensure that condensation and damp was prevented to ensure the longevity of these exhibits. With a desire to maintain a period feel to the space the historic engineering services, including the original heating fan coil units that were no longer functional were integrated into the design ins such a way as to appear to be part of the installation.
Wellington moved back to Bellman Hanger
A new building The Flight Shed was also included in the scheme to provide workshop, archive and space for exhibits. This building is used for further exhibition and workshop space for staff to carry out more of the maintenance needs for these historic aircraft than the previous facilities allowed.