This £19 million Aerospace Bristol project has already secured significant funding from corporate partners and has received a second round pass for a £4.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We seek interest from others who share our vision to help bridge the £2m shortfall.
Heritage Lottery Fund - £4.7 Million Grant Award
The Project has received significant backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), with a second round pass for £4.7 million being awarded in December 2014.
“It’s great to see work getting underway at Aerospace Bristol. British aviation was born and bred at Filton Airfield and, thanks to National Lottery players, the site will now become a centre of excellence where the industry’s heritage can be truly celebrated. It’s an exciting day for Bristol and for everyone who is proud of and passionate about the contribution this area made to developments in air travel. We can’t wait to visit when all the works are complete.”
Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West
Aerospace Bristol Founding Partners
A number of Founding Partners have pledged to fund the construction and start-up of Aerospace Bristol:
BAE SYSTEMS - £2M AND £400K BENEFITS IN-KIND
BAE's and our project team are extremely enthusiastic about helping to deliver this exciting project for the region and see it as an important part of the emerging mixed use community coming forward in the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood.
“We’re delighted and proud to support Aerospace Bristol in its creation of a permanent home to celebrate the history of Concorde. In addition to our sponsorship and the leasing of 8 acres of land to the Bristol Aero Collection Trust, our expert Real Estate Solutions team has supported the Trust throughout the planning phase and continues to work closely with them on the coordination of the site development plans. Today’s ground breaking ceremony marks the start of a new chapter for Concorde and we hope that, once complete, the new heritage centre will inspire future generations.”
Steve Fogg, Managing Director – Shared Services, BAE Systems
ROLLS-ROYCE - £1M AND BENEFITS IN-KIND
“At the heart of the Aerospace Bristol will be the iconic Concorde. The ground breaking for the new Concorde building, is another significant milestone in this exciting programme which is now accelerating towards its opening in 2017. Rolls-Royce continues to be a proud patron of this significant collection of technology and innovation, which will I am sure enthuse a new generation of engineers.”
Paul Craig, President Defence Services, Rolls-Royce, Filton
AIRBUS - €1M AND BENEFITS IN-KIND
“Airbus is a long term supporter of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust and we have been the custodians of Concorde since its last landing in 2003. We have taken care of this iconic aircraft - it is possibly the finest symbol of our aerospace heritage in Filton and Bristol - and it is great that it will continue to be loved and cared for by the Bristol Aero Collection Trust and in doing so inspire future generations.”
Mark Stewart, Airbus UK General Manager and HR Director
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNCIL - £1.3M
“We are delighted to be one of the founding partners that contributed towards finding a permanent home for Concorde at its birthplace in Filton.” “The museum will be a popular attraction with visitors from South Gloucestershire, the UK and across the globe all eager to catch a glimpse of this iconic aircraft. As well as preserving Concorde for future generations to enjoy, Aerospace Bristol will bring many economic benefits to the region and help to inspire the next generation of aircraft engineers."
Cllr Erica Williams, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council
DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT - LIBOR GRANT
"You will be aware that I have said previously that I am determined that the banking fines levied for LIBOR rigging are used to help causes which are most deserving and I am convinced that we should be using them where possible to support those activities which demonstrate the best of British values... I am aware that you have the strong support of your local MP Jack Lopresti, and wider grass roots backing in the Filton area. The plan to deliver STEM learning and skills is particularly of interest given how important engineering, science and technology are to the long term future of the UK economy. As a result, I would like to inform you of my decision to provide £2m of LIBOR fines for funding this impressive project."
"Since my election as local Member of Parliament in 2010, I have been honoured and proud to have played a part in bringing this great project to fruition. It is very important to pay tribute and to highlight the impact Filton has had historically on the global aerospace industry. But more vital is inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists in the STEM learning centre which is part of this project so we can maintain the UKs place in the world aerospace industry, protect and improve our sovereign manufacturing capability and to increase further social mobility."
Jack Lopresti MP for Filton
BRISTOL City COUNCIL
“Bristol has an outstanding reputation as a world leader when it comes to innovation, not least in the field of aerospace. One of my priorities as mayor is to recognise the complex legacies that have created Bristol as we know it today, and to encourage education and understanding around the way our past shapes our present. Promoting pride in Bristol’s scientific and technological achievements is a key part this approach and I’m proud that as a city we can support Aerospace Bristol to build a new home for Concorde.”
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
LEP GROWTH FUND
“The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership is excited to be part of preserving and highlighting our local heritage in a way that engages with and introduces young people to the potential of our local aerospace industries and as well as providing a high quality visitor destination. We are confident that our contribution via the Local Growth and Economic Development Funds will help boost the local economy and provide employment opportunities for many.”
Stephen Robertson, Chair, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership
Viridor Credits Environmental Company is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which provides funding for community, heritage and biodiversity projects around the UK through the Landfill Communities Fund.
“The Viridor Credits Board were delighted to be among the first to support Aerospace Bristol’s important preservation of the UK’s aviation history. Bristol’s contribution to 100 years of world aviation will be demonstrated here, telling the stories of the people who made history with world-leading design and technology, inspiring future generations of engineers.”
John Lockwood, Chief Executive Officer
JOHN JAMES BRISTOL FOUNDATION
“John James Bristol Foundation is delighted to support the construction of the Concorde building. A home for Bristol’s Concorde is long overdue!”
GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION
The Garfield Weston Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence.
“The museum is important for the region and it will be excellent for the collection to become more accessible and to have a higher profile.”
The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant-making trust that distributes grants to UK charities.
“Aerospace Bristol will be a unique project, not only to celebrate our history, but more importantly, to inspire and encourage the next generation of engineering talent, through the investment in learning and skills development, helping to sustain the South West’s world-class aerospace industry."
John Pritchard, CEO, Aerostructures Europe, GKN
“Renishaw is proud to be a part of Bristol’s aerospace history, but just as importantly we’re proud to be a partner of a Centre that will contribute to its future success.”
Ben Taylor, Chief Executive, Renishaw
Trusts and foundations PARTNERS
MEDLOCK CHARITABLE TRUST
The Medlock Charitable Trust is a South West based Trust that offers grants to charitable organisations active in the UK.
NISBETS FAMILY CHARITABLE TRUST
"Nisbets Family Charitable Trust recognises the importance of Bristol’s connection with the Aerospace industry and are especially keen that Concorde is preserved to inspire future generations."
BRISTOL MERCHANT VENTURERS
KIRBY LAING FOUNDATION
THE PILGRIM TRUST
THE STEEL TRUST
STANLEY THOMAS JOHNSON FOUNDATION
SWIRE CHARITABLE TRUST
“British Airways has selected the Bristol Aero Collection Trust as its preferred bidder to take over the lease of Concorde Alpha Foxtrot/ 216. We are pleased that progress is being made in ensuring a permanent home for Concorde Alpha Foxtrot.”
British Airways spokesman Phillip Allport
“We are pleased to have been the Official Legal Services Partner to the Bristol Aero Collection Trust, providing advice to help it get to the stage where construction can now begin. This is an exciting project and Aerospace Bristol will contribute significantly not only to the educational and cultural life of Bristol but will also attract national and international interest, given Concorde’s iconic status and global appeal.”
Peter Morris, Managing Partner
Thank you to Buro Happold for their fantastic Concorde animation which we have used on our donation confirmation page.
‘Protecting the things that matter’
“We pride ourselves on innovation and have over 25 years’ experience of using our technology and expertise, we were therefore delighted to be able to help Aerospace Bristol protect their historic objects in readiness for the move to the new museum. As we are always ready to meet any challenge, when asked to wrap Concorde to protect her from the final stages of building works – how could we refuse?”
Andrew Orchard, Packexe CEO
Messages of support
“We are thrilled to celebrate the start of construction of the new Aerospace Bristol. This prestigious scheme is of great historic interest and will be enjoyed and appreciated by future generations, and I am extremely proud that Kier will be delivering the project.”
David Snell, Operations Director, Kier Construction
We would like to give thanks to the following organisations for their advice and enthusiastic support:
Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative
Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives
West of England Aerospace Forum
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