Brooklands is the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, and the home of many remarkable engineering and technological achievements through the twentieth century.
Over the past three years, Brooklands has seen another unique engineering achievement – the successful relocation and refurbishment of the 78 year old, Grade II listed, Bellman Hangar.
The hangar was originally constructed on the finishing straight of the race track during World War II, and formed a key part of the aircraft manufacturing facilities on the site during and post-war. More recently, it has housed the Museum’s aircraft collection, but was in poor condition and in danger of further deterioration. The National Lottery funded project involved the careful dismantling, refurbishment and relocation of the Hangar, construction of a new Flight Shed building and reinstatement of the original finishing straight. The highly successful project has safeguarded the future of the listed hangar, created a state of the art exhibition for the Museum and restored the Finishing Straight for use in the Museum’s many public events.