This week, work will start towards the refurbishment of Old Sarum Airfield’s control tower.
Originally built as a radio station during the Cold War, the building became a control tower in the 1980s. The building has started to fall below the standards expected for the dedicated team of staff and is in drastic need of repair.
Before any work can start, an assessment needs to be made of what work needs doing. This isn’t feasible while the tower is in active use, so a temporary building has been erected to allow air-ground radio operations to continue. This temporary building comes into use this week.
The Airfield Manager, Angus Beal, said: “I am pleased that we are now able to start the process of refurbishing the control tower. We are keen to provide a suitable workplace for our team, and provide them with a safe and comfortable working environment.”
The control tower is a relatively new addition to the Airfield, which celebrates its centenary in 2017.
This is the first stage of refurbishment work planned for the Airfield to help maintain flying activity and secure the Airfield’s future. More work is anticipated to start in the New Year.
Photos: Old Sarum Airfield's temporary control tower and the building as it was in 1982 - from www.controltowers.co.uk - Copyright Paul Francis.