RAF Hendon, Hangar 1 Museum
Bower Fuller is proud to have been involved with main contractor SDC in the design, build and refurbishment of Hangar 1 at the RAF Museum in Hendon, North London.
The project is part of the celebrations to commemorate the Centenary of the Royal Air Force, through a multi-million pound transformation of the visitor experience, which tells the RAF story on site and on line.
Two innovative exhibitions will explore the first 100 years of the RAF through the stories of its people. It will invite visitors to imagine its future contribution and technology. A new learning programme aims to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Additionally, new apprenticeships and volunteering activities will help the museum conserve and display more of the incredible 1.3 million objects within its collection. The project also delivers inspiring outdoor play and picnic spaces, creating a new village green for both the museum’s local communities and other visitors.
Bower Fuller provided the complete mechanical and electrical services to the glass ended, 120-metre long hangar, which houses, amongst others treasures, a Sunderland seaplane. Due to the size of the aircraft, (shown in the images) it had to remain in situ during the work, hence necessitating all of the services to be installed above and around the plane with great care and attention. A further two storey building within the hangar was also fitted out, which included meeting rooms, shop areas, viewing gallery and a server area.