Bristol-based architects Ferguson Mann have designed Hangar 16U to live up to the legacy of its past, ensuring that distinctive features such as the original hangar doors are restored and rehung. The iconic Belfast trusses and intricate red brickwork will also be fully preserved.
Hangar 16U is located between The Hangar District – the first phase of 302 new homes at Brabazon, almost half of which are now completed and occupied – and the 15-acre Brabazon Park, which will be a modern re-imagining of Britain’s historic tradition of public parks. Work to restore the building is now due to start in the coming months.
Once open, visitors to Hangar 16U will be able to catch up with friends at the bustling open-plan café, read the latest bestseller in the modern library or settle down to work or study in one of the original arched nooks that were once the building’s store rooms.
Spread over two floors, the new community hub will cater to adults and children alike. A large hall will be a social space for multi-faith groups and the perfect venue for public meetings and family events. A range of activity rooms will offer space for afterschool clubs and community groups and will host a busy social calendar of events and classes, while the wellness centre will offer cardio machines, weight-training facilities and group sessions – from mindfulness to dance classes – for those wanting to embrace an active lifestyle.
Hangar 16U will be the become the beating heart of the new community at Brabazon. To the East of the building will be a vibrant new public square with space for street food stalls and pop-up events. To the West, the café will spill out onto Brabazon Park, a 15-acre park with playgrounds, picnic areas and exercise zones, criss-crossed with cycling and walking paths.
The grant of planning consent for the new local social hub Hangar 16U is represents the second major community investment at Brabazon this month. Earlier in April YTL Developments also launched a new multi-year partnership with Southern Brooks to fund community development work designed to foster social cohesion across South Gloucestershire and North Bristol.