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Shipley firm landed painting contract for new aerospace museum

A Shipley-based company landed the painting contract for the new Aerospace Bristol museum, home to Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last Concorde to be built.

Alfred Bagnall & Sons Limited was given the honour in the mid 1960s of painting the hanger where the famous supersonic planes were originally assembled.

Then this year, Kier Construction appointed the Manor Lane company as the chosen painting contractor for the new museum, which comprises of a new purpose-built hanger.

There is also a grade II listed World War One hanger which will exhibit other historic aircraft and vehicles.

Located on Filton Airfield, Aerospace Bristol is a family attraction that tells a story of ordinary people achieving extraordinary things, with amazing aerospace exhibits – including aeroplanes, helicopters, missile and satellites.

Bagnalls worked with the scheme architects as well as the main contractor to develop the specification for the grade II listed hangar that houses the main Aerospace Bristol exhibition.

Carey Inman-Harrison, for Bagnalls, said: “For the exterior doors of the grade II listed hanger, we carried out samples and worked with paint suppliers to provide a specially made Micaceous Iron Oxide coating, which was mixed in a handpicked colour to tie in with the original building.

“For the internal finishes, we worked closely with our manufacturing partners PPG Architectural Coatings and the main contractor Kier to offer different options for the intumescent coating to new timber to ensure the aesthetic of the building was maintained whilst the correct fire performance was provided.

“We had a very tight timescale to achieve, following our appointment to the project. The key milestone was to complete all required painting to the new access gantry to allow Concorde to be moved into her new home part way through the build. Concorde Alpha Foxtrot was then wrapped to protect her whilst further construction and painting works continued all around.

“To deliver our works safely, whilst working around other trades, as well as some aeroplanes and floating floors, our contracts manager and site foreman assigned a mixture of mobile towers and mobile platforms to gain access to areas at height. All of which were erected or operated by Bagnalls skilled and competence trained painters.

“Our decoration works, to a PPG specification, only form the backdrop to the wonderful exhibits on show, including, fighter planes, helicopters and satellites, but we are very proud to be connected with this amazing, new £19m museum.”

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