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£4.7 million for new aerospace centre at Filton

The Bristol Aero Collection Trust has been awarded £4.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build a new aerospace centre at Filton Airfield. As well as being used as a museum, the centre will also provide a permanent home for Concorde 216 - the last plane of its kind to be assembled at the Filton site.

Concorde 216 arrives back at Filton after its last flight, 2003. Credit: PA

Filton Airfield's future is revealed

This is what Filton Airfield could look like in years to come Credit: Alder King

The vision to transform Filton Airfield into homes, schools, shops and businesses over the next 20 years can be revealed in detail for the first time.

Land owner BAE Systems has submitted an outline planning application for the site to South Gloucestershire Council.

If it is approved, work could start in 2016 or 2017, with the first people moving in that year. But the scheme may not be finished for up to 20 years.

The site stretches across 354 acres - that's about 354 football pitches or 5,664 tennis courts - and will include:

  • 2,675 new homes
  • Two new primary schools and one new secondary school which will double up as a sports centre
  • Dental surgery, health centre, optician and 70-bed care home
  • A pub, supermarket and other shops
  • 120-bed hotel
  • New railway station, Metrobus link and road improvements

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New Airbus model touches down in Gloucestershire

The new Airbus A350 XWB visits Cotswold Airport Credit: Airbus Operations Ltd

The latest version of the Airbus has made its first visit to Britain and touched down at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire as part of routine certification tests.

The new Airbus A350 XWB was flown by London-born experimental test pilot, Frank Chapman, and is one of the four A350 test aircraft currently flying and undergoing rigorous testing before entry into service later this year. Captain Chapman said:

“The A350 XWB has significant UK input, as the wings and fuel systems are designed at the Airbus facilities in Filton, Bristol and assembled at the Broughton plant in North Wales, the engines are made by Rolls-Royce in Derby and the landing gear by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty in Gloucestershire.”

“This visit is part of the aircraft’s certification. Experts from the nearby Airbus Filton facility are playing a key role in supporting the fuel system tests.

“I’m immensely proud to be flying the first A350 XWB to land in the UK and look forward to this aircraft being a regular feature in British skies over the coming years.”

Record numbers for Airbus in 2013

A380 test aircraft on the runway at Filton in 2009 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Airbus, whose planes' wings are designed in Filton near Bristol, delivered a record number of aircraft in 2013.

The company, whose planes include the world's largest passenger aircraft, the A380 superjumbo, delivered 626 planes in 2013.

These included 25 superjumbos, with the overall total surpassing the previous record figure of 588 achieved in 2012.

A total of 93 customers received Airbus planes last year, including 15 who were taking delivery of an Airbus aircraft for the first time.

Despite a record year, Airbus just failed to deliver more aircraft than rival US company Boeing which earlier this month announced it had delivered 648 planes in 2013.

The Boeing figure, also a record and 7.8% up on the 2012 total, was achieved despite problems with the Seattle-based company's ultra-green 787 Dreamliner model.

Filton Airfield new homes

Residents in North Bristol are to be asked their views of a proposed major housing development on land at Filton Airfield.

A meeting will be held in Southmead tonight to hear their concerns and outline South Gloucestershire plans for 5,700 new homes on the site.

Bristol City Council will use tonight's meeting to produce their formal submission to South Gloucestershire who are the planning authority.

Filton Credit: ITV News West Country

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Filton jobs at risk

Defence company BAe Systems have confirmed "a relatively small number" of jobs will go at Filton, near Bristol, as part of wider cutbacks announced today.

The job losses, thought to involve office staff, are part of 1,700 redundancies at shipyards in Portsmouth and Scotland.

The company says it's due to restructuring as work on two new aircraft carriers comes to an end. The Technology Centre at Filton is not affected.

Philip Hammond MP Defence Secretary made the announcement in the Commons today.

Filton roles under threat

Jobs at Filton near Bristol are to go as part of the 1,775 job losses announced by BAE Systems today.

The company hasn't yet confirmed how many workers at Filton face redundancy.

The jobs are being cut after a drop in work due to the end of aircraft carrier contracts.

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