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Concorde project has 'real momentum'

Nearly £4.5m has been awarded to a Trust in Bristol to build a permanent home for supersonic plane Concorde.

The funding comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund. So far, about £9m has been pledged but the Bristol Aero Collection Trust, who are behind the plans, need £13.5m to complete the musuem in Filton.

The Director of the Trust, Lloyd Burnell, says there's now 'real momentum' behind the project, which could be completed by July 2016.

Delight over support for Aerospace Centre

The Director of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust says he is 'delighted' that plans to build a £13.5m Aerospace Centre in Filton has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support.

The Bristol Aerospace Centre at Filton will provide enormous opportunities for people to learn about our industrial aviation heritage and social history, as well as encouraging people to get involved through volunteering and the development of new skills.

It is great to know that we are a major step closer towards meeting our ambitions.”

– Lloyd Burnell, Project Director of the Trust

The Centre will provide a heritage centre, technology learning centre and a permanent home for supersonic airliner Concorde, which was largely built and designed at the Filton site.

Bristol has a unique aviation history and this is the perfect opportunity to reconnect the community and wider public with the important story of the aircraft that were developed here and the people that created them.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is pleased to be able to offer its initial support for this project and will be working closely with Bristol Aero Collection Trust as they develop their plans further.

– Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West


Support for permanent home for Concorde

Concorde made its final flight into Filton in 2003. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Plans to build an Aerospace Centre in Bristol have received initial support for a £4.4m bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Bristol Aerospace Centre, which will be located on Filton Airfield, will create a permanent home for Concorde which was largely designed and built at the site.

The £13.5m project will also provide space for a heritage museum, technology learning centre, outdoor play areas and event spaces.

The Bristol Aero Collection Trust, who are behind the project, have been awarded £243,600 in funding to progress its plans.

Rolls-Royce gives £1m to Bristol Aerospace Centre

Rolls-Royce will donate a million pounds to towards the establishment of the Bristol Aerospace Centre at Filton. It will also supply a number of heritage engines to the exhibition, including the Olympus 593, which powered Concorde.

It will be displayed alongside Concorde 216, the last of the super-sonic planes to fly.

Concorde plan 'turned down'

Concorde after the final flight into Filton Credit: Barry Batchelor / Press Association Images

A preservation group dedicated to saving Concorde has reacted angrily to news that its offer to house the historic aircraft has been turned down.

The Save Concorde group says it could build a basic hanger far quicker and cheaper than current proposals for a museum at Filton, where the last Concorde to fly has been standing outdoors for the past ten years.

Instead the owners, British Airways, are backing a rival bid for a £12 million scheme now the subject of a revised application for lottery money.


Final flight from Filton Airfield

A century of flight came to an end at Filton Airfield today. The airstrip north of Bristol is regarded by many as the birthplace of British aviation.

It is famous for producing Concorde - the world's first supersonic passenger plane.

But over the decades workers at Filton also created world war bombers and giant airliners, making the city one of the most important aeronautical centres in the country.

Robert Murphy reports:

Last commercial flight takes off from Filton airfield

The last commercial flight has taken off from Filton's famous airfield. It happened just before midday. The airfield will close completely on New Year's Eve after more than one hundred years in operation.

Today owners BAE said it had signed a deal with a property developer for the land. The closure went ahead despite a big campaign by many Bristolians.

BAE Systems says it will continue to support site after closure

Filton Airfield will be closing today after its owners BAE systems, decided it was no longer financially viable.

BAE Systems is providing financial backing of two million pounds and a circa eight acre site at Filton to support the Bristol Aero Collection Trust in their plans to create an aviation heritage museum and learning centre.

We will also be providing 400,000 pounds worth of design, construction consultancy and project management support.

The role of the Great Western Air Ambulance at Filton...will also be protected. We will ensure that the Great Western Air Ambulance Service and the Police helicopters will continue to be able to fly from Filton following closure.

– BAE Systems
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