As part of a £3.6million National Museum of Flight redevelopment project – funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Scottish Government and a fundraising campaign – we are delighted to announce that Ecoliving is due to start work next week installing a ground source heat pump renewable heating system as part of this project.
Working alongside main contractors Balfour Beatty, Ecoliving’s works include the supply and installation of Dimplex ground source heat pumps (GSHPs), with a total capacity of 225kW, to supply two original wartime hangers with renewable heat via an underfloor heating system.
The Hangers themselves are original wartime structures built in 1940-41, and were originally designed to last only a few years. 70 years on and they are part of the East Fortune Airfield Scheduled Monument which provide an important link to Scotland’s wartime history and aviation heritage.
The two hangers are being refurbished and will be heated via a vast underfloor heating layout totalling 2000m2. The GSHPs will source their heat energy from the ground via 30 boreholes 150m deep. A central plant room will house the heat pumps with the heating fed to each hanger via highly insulated heat pipes buried underground.
One of the hangers will focus on the display of ‘Civilian Aviation’ to demonstrate the impact of civilian aircraft on connecting communities near and far and also how civilian aircraft lead to great opportunities for people to fly for fun.
The other hanger will focus on ‘Military Aviation’ – examining the role of aircraft in conflict throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. It will explore the design of military aircraft along with technological advances, as well as share stories of the people who designed and built the planes, as well as tales of the pilots themselves.
The hangers will include interactive learning facilities, displays of uniforms and photographs as well as be home to some key iconic aircraft, including the world-famous Spitfire, oldest surviving Harrier jump jet and the Tornado F3 – only recently replaced by the Eurofighter Typhoon.