Preston firms make new aviation museum a reality

Site: The museum

Site: The museum

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Two Preston firms have helped make a new aviation museum a reality.

Conlon Construction has handed the museum, at the former Woodford Aerodrome site, to BAE Systems and Avro Heritage Trust following an eight-month project.

We look forward to seeing the first visitors marvel at the exhibits when the museum opens to the public in August.

Tim Wallis

Designed by architects, Cassidy + Ashton, the Avro Heritage Trust Museum will display the Trust’s extensive collection of aviation records and memorabilia – including a full-sized Vulcan bomber.

Funded by BAE Systems, the project provides a visitor attraction which will preserve Woodford’s links with British aviation history.

The museum is housed in a former aerodrome fire station which has been re-invented by Cassidy + Ashton.

Internally, Conlon Construction has created an exhibition hall, new mezzanine gallery, a café which will offer views of the Vulcan, along with archive and classrooms for private study and school visits.

Tim Wallis, project manager from BAE Systems, said: “As a leading company in the UK’s aviation sector, we have been passionate about this project which will protect our aviation heritage, continue the links between Woodford and the aviation sector, and inspire future generations.

“We look forward to seeing the first visitors marvel at the exhibits when the museum opens to the public in August.”

Chris Taylor, director at Cassidy + Ashton, added: “The challenge for this project involved working with an existing structure whilst transforming the space into a contemporary visitor attraction that will showcase a huge variety of aviation exhibits, including a full-sized plane.”

Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, added: “We are very proud to have made such a contribution to protecting the region’s aviation heritage.”