Concorde museum set for take-off after clearance given for £14 million pound project

August 01 2015

A PERMANENT home for Concorde is a step closer after formal planning consent was given for an aerospace museum and learning centre.

Concorde

A PERMANENT home for Concorde is a step closer after formal planning consent was given for an aerospace museum and learning centre.
The £14 million project will allow the Bristol Aero Collection to finally be displayed in Filton once two listed hangars on the edge of the now closed Filton airfield have been transformed for the visitor attraction.
Concorde 216 – the last of the supersonic fleet to fly – will be at the heart of the museum and on the site where the aircraft was manufactured.
Lloyd Burnell, project director at the Bristol Aero Collection Trust, said: “We are delighted to have received planning permission for this very exciting project, which will tell the stories of the people and display the products of the region’s world-class aerospace industry.
“It will inspire the next generation of engineers and provide a memorable day out for a wide range of people.”
South Gloucestershire Council leader, Matthew Riddle, said it was “fantastic news” for the people of the district and the aircraft that will be preserved, notably Concorde.
He said: “Once up and running, the museum is set to become one of the most popular visitors’ attractions in the West, bringing many economic benefits to the region while celebrating the history of the aerospace industry.” English Heritage gave its support to the project and significant contributions by companies and the Heritage Lottery Fund will help pay for the project.
The museum scheme was originally given approval by councillors earlier this year, subject to completion of a legal agreement involving use of the site by emergency helicopters.
As part of the redevelopment of the airfield, an alternative location for the helicopter operations base was found in Almondsbury and planning permission was recently given for it to be established.