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Restoration work to roof of Hangar at Hooton Park complete

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 24 Okt 2012 12:31    Onderwerp: Restoration work to roof of Hangar at Hooton Park complete Reageer met quote

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WORK to the roof of a World War One aircraft hangar has finally finished.

Restoration work to the roof of Hangar Two at Hooton Park, Hooton, took nearly a year to complete.

The Grade II**-listed Belfast truss hangar has now been handed back to the Hooton Park Trust, which maintains them.

The trust battled for two years to secure the £275,000 funding to repair it.

The Hooton Hangars were built during the Great War with a planned lifespan of just five years, but were recommissioned for use during World War Two.

Graham Sparkes, from the trust, said: “This first real progress with the project has been a big boost to the team.

“Completed within budget, the work has completely transformed this magnificent building from a leaking damp environment to a light dry and airy building free from obstructions.”

Funding was provided from the trust’s own resources and with the help of Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN), B&Q and the previous site owner Vauxhall.

WREN is a not-for-profit business which awards grants to community projects from funds donated by Waste Recycling Group (WRG) to theŠLandfill Communities Fund.

In recognition of the achievement, the Hooton Park Trust has been commended in the prestigious English Heritage Angel Awards.

Graham added: “This is really encouraging for us.

“These awards, co-funded by English Heritage and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, are recognised from an external panel and to be commended on our first entry underlines to us that we are moving in the right direction with the project.”

In 2010 work funded by English Heritage replaced the central valley gutter of Hanger Two.

Attention will now focus on Hangar One, which is on English Heritage’s at-risk register.

Graham said “Hangar One is in need of a lot of work.

“The elements have had time to do a lot of damage, meaning that the trusses will need much more repair work than has been seen on Hangar Two.”



http://www.wirralnews.co.uk/wirral-news/local-wirral-news/west-wirral-news/2012/10/24/new-roof-for-world-war-one-aircraft-hangar-in-hooton-80491-32088232/
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Background and History
The southern hangar was completed in 1917 as a general service hangar for The Royal Flying Corps. The site, which includes the three hangars, was used for aircraft construction during the war as well as the training of pilots. After the war it continued to be used as Liverpool's municipal airport until 1933 when Speke Airport was built.
During the Second World War, Hooton again played a key role; as a training base, aircraft construction site and as an operational base for patrols during the Battle of the Atlantic.
Each of the hangars has an 80 foot span and 25 foot clearance in height. They have horizontally sliding doors and a wooden-latticed 'Belfast' roof truss with a central arcade of twin brick piers linked by segmental arches.

Is It at Risk?
Yes. Hooton Hangar (Southern Hangar) has been on the Heritage at Risk Register since 2003.
What’s the Current Situation?

This building was not built to last 100 years - it was constructed at a time when quick, cheap, pre-fabricated design was needed. However the design has contributed to its current condition.
Large open spans were required to house the aircraft under construction, which has led to problems with the roof, central gutter and downspouts, which have not been able to cope with the volume of rainwater they receive.
Repairing the roof has been one of the main priorities of the trust who now own the building. The trust has worked for years to restore this important part of our heritage. Emergency roof repairs have been carried out with grant aid from English Heritage and a further grant application is being encouraged.


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