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
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.