Foundations are now being prepared.
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We are pleased to say that our builders are now on site and have made a start on the construction of our new multi-purpose building.
The first footings have already been dug and given favourable weather, the concrete for the footings should be poured tomorrow.
We have now dismantled our old Friendship Tea Room and cleared the site ready for the builders to start work. Weather permitting, a start will be made on 18 November 2019.
We will be posting details of the progress of this exciting project to improve our visitor facilities both on Facebook and this web site.
The construction area is fenced off and most areas of the Museum are open as normal. We are operating our winter opening times of from 10.00am to 4.00pm Wednesday and Saturday and from 11.00am to 3.00pm on Sundays.
The Friendship Tea Room closed for the final time on Sunday 27 October 2019.
On a busy day at the Museum, the final visitors to use the tea room were a group of keen photographers who had visited the Museum to capture images of the aircraft collection against the first sunset since the Daylight Saving Time ended.
Already, a start has been made on removing fixtures and fittings and when cleared, the building will be dismantled.
Museum Trustee, Derek Waters is shown taking down signage, Yvette Townshend, Museum Assistant locks the tea room for the last time and the spectacular sunset is shown reflected in the entrance door.
We have now appointed a contractor to construct our new multi purpose building which will replace our aging Friendship Tea Room. Work is due to start next month.
To prepare for this project, the Friendship Tea Room will close in late October and after many years faithful service, it will be dismantled and the area cleared ready for the builders to start work on its replacement. The Friendship Tea Room has given sterling service for over twenty five years and it will be fondly remembered by our visitors and volunteers.
We have arranged that construction of the new building takes place over the quieter winter months so that less inconvenience is caused to our visitors. We intend that the new building together with improved toilet facilities will be ready for Spring 2020.
Further details of this exciting development and improvement to our facilities will be given soon.
We are working to increase the space we have available for storage of equipment, restoration materials and larger archived exhibits. Part of this work will involve the movement of one of our storage containers. We have been clearing space for this to be lifted into its new position by a specialist contractor.
This move will take place at a time when the Museum is closed so there is no inconvenience to our visitors. There is evidence of preparation near to the Museum entrance, but this is not effecting our normal opening.