Over the last week, we have had two fairly sizeable scaffolding rigs erected in the hangars. This marks the start of our engineering works that will culminate in the full refurbishment of the beautiful Grade 2* listed hangars.
Built in 1917, the double bay hangar is one of the few examples of it’s kind left standing in the UK and after 100 years of English weather the structure is in need of some TLC. Whilst we don’t yet have a set schedule for the works, the scaffolding marks a milestone in progress as it allows us to closer inspect the wooden Belfast trusses that make up the structure of the building. Having had a number of structural surveys and engineer inspections done in recent months, these new platforms will get us up close and personal with the trusses so we can further our understanding of the work we need to do to restore them.
The next step for us is to continue the process of creating all of the relevant drawings of the hangar and its structure so that we can look to gain the full co-operation of the local conservation authorities and Historic England as we get any necessary consent to restore this extremely important listed building.
Many thanks to the guys at Sonic Scaffolding for taking on this rather large, and unusual, project.
We’ll be sure to keep the website up to date with our progress as we continue – watch this space!