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Bagnalls Part Of Concorde’s Supersonic History

4th December 2017 Paul Andrews

Bagnalls were honoured in the mid-1960s, when they were asked to paint the Hangar where the supersonic Concorde planes were originally assembled.

Bagnalls were thrilled again in 2017 when Kier Construction appointed Bagnalls as the chosen painting contractor for the new Aerospace Bristol museum, in Filton.

Aerospace Bristol comprises of a new purpose-built Hangar which is home to the last Concorde ever to be built, Concorde Alpha Foxtrot and also a grade II listed World War One Hangar, which will exhibit other historic aircraft and vehicles marking Bristol’s aerospace and transportation history.

Located on the historic Filton Airfield, Aerospace Bristol is a family attraction that tells a fascinating story of ordinary people achieving extraordinary things, with amazing aerospace exhibits – including aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites and more – and a variety of hands-on activities, such as a real Airbus A319 wing where visitors can move the flaps and slats to explore the physics and engineering of flight.

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.

As Stephen Bagnall, CEO of Bagnalls explains, "For the exterior doors of the grade II listed Hangar, we carried out samples and worked with paint suppliers to provide a specially made Micaceous Iron Oxide (MIO) 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 (MEWPS) 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. The museum is now open to the public and is certainly worth a visit.

Photos taken on location at Aerospace Bristol with the permission of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust.

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