Culture and heritage
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Roofing, Cladding and Building Ltd
Sinusoidal Profile, 19mm Profile
The historic site for motoring, aviation and engineering at Brooklands in Weybridge received £5M in Lottery funding to restore its Bellman Hangar into a museum to help visitors understand the pivotal role Brooklands played in the field of engineering.
The Brooklands Race Track, opened in 1907, was the world’s first purpose-built motor-racing circuit and it gradually evolved into a centre for the development and operation of racing cars, motorcycles and aircraft. It hosted the first ever British Grand Prix in 1926 and the first public demonstration of powered flight in the UK took place at Brooklands Race Track in 1909. More aircraft were manufactured or assembled and first flew at Brooklands than anywhere else in Europe before British Aerospace closed the factory in the 1980s.
The site’s Grade II listed Bellman Hangar, which was used for the assembly of Wellington bombers during the Second World War, was relocated on an adjacent site and restored as an 'aircraft factory' - an interactive learning centre where visitors can experience aircraft manufacturing and see how aircraft were designed over the years.
Due to the degradation of the original Bellman Hangar sheets, the hangar was clad using a combination of Euroclad’s sinusoidal metal wall and roof profiles in different finishes to replicate the appearance of the old corrugated sheets. The cladding also provides thermal insulation and protects the buildings from weathering.
A total of 3,314m2 of Euroclad’s galvanised steel sinusoidal profiles were manufactured and supplied, in a combination of uncoated and Colorcoat Prisma finishes, to clad the hangar’s exterior walls and roof. To ensure that the external aesthetics matched the original building, an Oyster colour was used for large areas of the external envelope, with the south side of the building later painted in a camouflage design.
The Flight Shed walls and roof were clad using 955m2 of sinusoidal profiles on the walls and 797m2 on the roof, both in a Grey Aluminium finish. 19/1000 liner panels were used on the inside of the Flight Shed with Euroclad’s Quattro spacer bar system.
Matthew Beard from Roofing, Cladding and Building Ltd, the specialist installers who worked on the project, said: “It was great to work on such a historic site and to help give the buildings a new lease of life. Replicating the aesthetics of the original buildings was key throughout this project. We worked closely with the museum and Historic England to make sure that the restoration reflected this and Euroclad were able to provide the like-for-like industrial feel that the project required which was great."