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New hangar plans submitted for de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre museum
Ambitious plans to protect historic aircraft at de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre museum have been submitted.
The aircraft museum at the historic Salisbury Hall, in London Colney, has applied for planning permission to build a new hangar to Hertsmere Borough Council that will nearly treble undercover display space.
If approved, the plans will see a small corrugated iron hangar more than 80-years-old demolished. In its place will be the new building, abutting and dwarfing the centre’s other, large hangar built some 30 years ago.
Mike Nevin, marketing director, said: "We have been developing our plans for several years and it is absolutely vital that we get more of our historic aircraft undercover, as they are not all made of metal and being exposed to the weather can lead to all kinds of damage and corrosion."
As well as providing covered display space for more of the aircraft the new building, which will have a mezzanine floor and workshops for restoration work, it also includes plans for an enhanced de Havilland information and educational area.
The new hangar is the second stage of the heritage centre development plan. Earlier this year a new Reception foyer and Aeroshop were created at the centre, which is also the home of the Mosquito Aircraft Museum.
It is the only museum in the world where there are as many as three examples, including the prototype, of the "wooden wonder" de Havilland Mosquito fighter bomber which was designed at the hall in 1939 and a number built there.
Mr Nevin said: "The heritage centre is anxious to upgrade its facilities and enhance what it offers to its many visitors," said the spokesman.
"Our aircraft are of course the focal point of the museum, but it is important that we provide good facilities for our visitors, many of whom come from other countries.
The marketing director added he hoped the new facilities would help attract more volunteers to help run the museum as well as maintain and restore its aircraft.
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