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Description: Q3 Building at the Royal Aircraft Establishment
Date Listed: 20 August 1979
English Heritage Building ID: 137892
OS Grid Reference: SU8667554529
OS Grid Coordinates: 486675, 154529
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2833, -0.7586
SOUTH BETA ROAD
Q3 Building at the
SU 85 SE 2/65 20.8.79
Possibly c.1892-3. It was built as a balloon shed in Aldershot, at the time
the Headquarters of the Royal Engineers Balloon School and Factory, and
moved to Farnborough in 1905-6 as a result of a Committee of Enquiry which
recommended Farnborough as a better site for the launching of airships. 3
storeys of metal framed construction clad with corrugated iron sheeting and
with a timber lining. Corrugated iron roof. Continuous glazing to windows.
The 2nd floor has mainly 6 light fixed casements and the ground and first
floors have fixed sashes of 12 panes. The building was originally a balloon
house used for fabricating balloon and airship envelopes and the eastern end
was partitioned off and had 2 floors, the ground floor a storeroom and the
upper floor a kite room. In 1912 the building was extended by 75 feet
and has since been modified to form offices. It is included for historical reasons
as one of the oldest buildings in the world continuously associated with
aviation and possibly the first to be associated with powered flying.
Listing NGR: SU8762456569
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Source: English Heritage
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