NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FLIGHT – HANGAR RESTORATION
Location: East Fortune, East Lothian
Client: National Museums Scotland
Programme: Current Project
The National Museum of Flight Redevelopment Phase 2 project will restore, conserve and re-interpret the historic Callender-Hamilton Hangars 2 and 3 and the aviation collections within.
The hangars are part of the former First and Second World War airfield at East Fortune, which is a Scheduled Monument and since 1975 has housed the National Museum of Flight.
The restoration of the hangars and the improvements to environmental conditions within them, allows for the display of supporting objects currently in store, and provides a more suitable environment for the preservation of the national aviation collections.
Works to the existing fabric of the hangars included restoration of the original external metal cladding, over-sheeting the roofs and the removal and replacement of the existing concrete floor slabs. The hangars are insulated and lined internally and all services were replaced with energy efficient systems including a ground source heat pump installation.
Hangar 2 will house the Museum’s Military Aviation collection and Hangar 3 the Leisure and Pleasure Aircraft collection. The exhibition design is being prepared by Redman Design. The hangars will be re-opened to the public at Easter 2016.
The main sources of funding are Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund.