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Purcell reveals concept for Concorde's new home

Purcell has been appointed to design a hanger for Concorde at British Aerospace’s headquarters in Bristol

The £13.5 million permanent home for the supersonic jet will form the centrepiece of a heritage museum and learning centre dedicated to aerospace at Filton Airfield in Bristol.

Learning suites, archives and workshops will be housed in refurbished, listed World War One aircraft hangars on the site.

Purcell has already carried out a conservation management plan for the site and had been appointed to revamp the existing hangars.

Architect’s view

Niall Phillips, head of design, Purcell

‘Filton airfield has two historically important Grade II listed hangars which were built around 1918. They are currently in poor condition, but can easily be repaired and carefully converted into museum space which will show off many of the treasures from the Bristol Aerospace Collection in context and provide much needed facilities for learning and research.

‘Our new hangar concept does not just contain Concorde, it frames it with full height glazed curtain walls enticing visitors inside without giving everything away. Though Concorde is a considerable size, our concept has a minimum footprint so that it does not impose on the surrounding airfield and its contemporary design will complement the existing hangars on the site.’

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