Project Update - June 2017
The Finishing Straight was re-opened by Lord March at the Double Twelve Motorsport Festival on the 17th June, 110 years to the day since the Brooklands Race Track first opened. Over a hundred Brooklands cars and motorcycles took part in parades on the Straight on Saturday, with Double Twelve Driving Tests taking place there on Sunday.
Restoration work on the Finishing Straight has been completed and work has now begun on landscaping the area in front of the Bellman Hangar. Installation of the South doors was finished at the end of the month and they are being painted with a period appropriate camouflage design.
Elmwood continue to work on the exhibition off-site and are expected to start on site in late July. Meanwhile, Volunteers continue to work on the restoration of aircraft and objects for the new displays.
Project Update - May 2017
The new mezzanine structure has been installed in the Hangar, together with the bridge linking the Hangar to the Flight Shed. Work continues on the Finishing Straight, with the access route moved to allow new sections to be repaired.
The Avro Shed has been dismantled and preparation is underway to reconstruct it in a new location off the line of the Finishing Straight. During this work the Roe I Biplane can be visited in the Vimy Pavilion.
Project Update - April 2017
Reconstruction of the Bellman Hangar frame was completed last month. The roof and double layer of cladding on the walls is almost full fitted and the new concrete floor has been poured. After our appeal for help new rails and wheels have been sourced for the south doors and enough rails and wheels were salvaged for the installation of the north doors. Within the Flight Shed work continues on the restoration of exhibits, including the P1127, Wellington Walkthrough and Vanguard Mock up.
Work continues on the repair and landscaping of the Finishing Straight, with new concrete being laid in sections, using a special concrete mix approved by Historic England in view of the Scheduled Ancient Monument status of the Race Track. The Finishing Straight will be officially re-opened on Saturday 17th June at the Double Twelve Motorsport Festival. Find out more about the event here
Project Update - February 2017
The main structure of the Wellington Hangar has now been re-erected in its new position south of the Flight Shed, with just the south doors remaining to be installed. The inner layer of roof cladding has been completed and contractors have begun to add the outer cladding.
Repairs have been carried out on the original Finishing Straight surface revealed by the removal of the Hangar slab and repairs to the northern and southern transitional areas will be taking place soon.
Project Update - December 2016
The Wellington Hangar
We have reached another key milestone in the Brooklands Aircraft Factory & Race Track Revival project, with the dismantling of the Bellman Hangar over the last few weeks steadily giving us a clear line of sight up the Finishing Straight from the Paddock, for the first time since 1940.
The Wellington Hangar is now completely dismantled and its components are currently being restored in South Wales. They will return in early 2017 to be reconstructed on a new site between the Finishing Straight and the London Bus Museum.
If you haven't been able to view the dismantling process, you will enjoy our timelapse footage of the work.
The Finishing Straight
With the Hangar completely dismantled, we are now able to confirm that substantial areas of the original surface of the Finishing Straight have survived the last 76 years in surprisingly good condition under the Hangar's post-war floor.
Removal of sections of Hangar floor over the last couple of weeks has also revealed the extent of the wartime modifications required to the Track to construct the Hangar directly on top of the slightly sloping surface of the Finishing Straight which then served as an improvised aircraft factory floor. Painted floor markings and services laid into the Track have also come to light offering fascinating further insights into this specific area's war-time past and even more will be exposed in the coming weeks.
A new level concrete floor was only added sometime after World War Two, probably in the early 1950s when Vickers-Armstrongs had more money to invest at Brooklands and new uses for this Hangar.
Project Update - October 2017
These latest pictures show the incredible structure of the WWII Bellman Aircraft Hangar at the Museum in its original location before its final phase of dismantling which has now started. This is a crucial stage in the Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Race Track Revival Project which will see the Hangar relocated and re-displayed inside to tell the 80 year story of aircraft production at Brooklands and reveal and re-join the section of Finishing Straight that it currently sits on.
Project Update - Phase One complete
With the handover of the Flight Shed, and the removal of all exhibits from the Wellington Hangar, we can now declare Phase One of the Brooklands Aircraft Factory & Race Track Revival Project complete.
If you have been unable to visit and see the transformation of the site first-hand, then you will enjoy our stop-motion capture of the preparation and assembly of the new Flight Shed building.
With the completion of the Flight Shed we have also moved on to Phase Two of the project: the dismantling, restoration and rebuilding of the Wellington Hangar and the restoration of the Finishing Straight of the Race Track.
Project update - September 2016
The Wellington Hangar is now closed to visitors but the Vickers Wellington and the Vickers Vimy are on display in temporary pavilions near Concorde. Some of our smaller aircraft will not be back on display until late summer 2017, when the new displays open (please see below for full details). However, our other aircraft, including Concorde and all of the airliners in the Vickers Aircraft Park, are open as usual as are all of our motoring displays and the London Bus Museum. Our contractors will be carefully dismantling the Hangar from October and it will be sent off site for restoration, returning early next year to be reconstructed on its new site south of the Flight Shed.
Project update - Summer 2016
The new Flight Shed building is nearing completion and we are now preparing for the next stage of the project. On the 31st August the Wellington Hangar will open for the final time in its current form. So, if you would like to experience the current exhibition one last time, make sure you schedule in a visit this August.Read the full Summer Update
Project update - March 2016
Brooklands Museum took a major step forward in its ground-breaking Re-Engineering Brooklands redevelopment programme with the announcement in last week’s Budget of a £1million grant from the Government.
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Project update - February 2016
Specialist groundworks contractors JCMES have been preparing the site for the relocated Hangar and Flight Shed since October and are due to finish on site shortly. The main contract for the dismantling, restoration and re-erection of the Hangar, construction of the new Flight Shed and restoration of the Finishing Straight has been awarded to Brymor Construction and they will be starting soon. This part of the works will take just over a year and will be followed by the exhibition fit-out, with the project due to open late Summer 2017.