The Grade II listed Bellman Hangar was in a poor and deteriorating state and urgent action was needed. The project included moving the Hangar off the Finishing Straight and restoring it nearby. The Hangar has been re-clad to prevent leaks and thermal protection for collections and their environment has been installed.
The new interior of the Bellman Hangar has been designed as an ‘Aircraft Factory’, harking back to the Hangar’s original use as a manufacturing building. Exhibitions explore the history of aircraft manufacture - from the pioneering early planes of wood and fabric, to the supersonic airliner and the technologies of the future.
The Factory Floor draws on an authentic factory atmosphere and is full of activities, enabling visitors to try out aircraft-building skills for themselves, drawing on the Brooklands spirit of experimentation and creating a learning experience that will be unique in the UK. The centrepiece is the Loch Ness Wellington, with areas focussing on the factory floor in early and later years, life for the factory employees away from work and displays on the development of Wings, Fuselages and Propulsion.
A new mezzanine level will explore the design of aircraft at Brooklands and the P1127 will look down from here onto the rest of the Factory.