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AIR CENTRE SPREADS ITS WINGS

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These are the first images of a proposed £27 million scheme on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, conceived to celebrate the birth of British aviation. Designed by Londonbased practice Walker and Martin, the multi-purpose wing-shaped structure will be built over a series of pre-First World War Grade II-listed hangars and workshops used by the original 'founding fathers' of fl ight - including the famous Short Brothers. The Flying Start scheme, which has recently been submitted for planning and is among the finalists vying for Big Lottery Fund Living Landmarks cash, is seen as a key regeneration catalyst for the area, which lies within the Thames Gateway. As well as showcasing replicas of the early flying machines, the 34m-high building will house a 600-seat auditorium, educational facilities, exhibition space, shops and a viewing platform for the RSPB.

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