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raised of £10,000 target by 103 supporters

Weʼre raising £10,000 to help fund restoration of the Grade 2 listed RAF Northolt Sector Operations Building in West London. The birthplace of Integrated Air Defence

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Z Sector Operations Building

The Sir Keith Park Building and Heritage Project

Building No.27 was constructed in 1929 as a standard operations building for an airfield capable of supporting the operation of three fighter squadrons. With war looking likely in Europe, resulting in the expansion of the Royal Air Force, Fighter Command was formed in July 1936 and Air Marshal Sir High Dowding was appointed its head.

RAF Northolt, a key aerodrome within No.11 Group, commanded by Sir Keith Park, (himself a former Northolt Station commander) was the closest fighter station to HQ Fighter Command at Bentley Priory, Stanmore. Between 1936 and 1939 Dowding decided to run a series of trials and air exercises using Building 27 which resulted in the evolution of the system, the personnel, and the layout of the building. This design became the standard template that was rolled out across Fighter Command. Due to its vulnerability to air attack, Building 27 was closed as an operational asset on 17th June 1940, after which it was used for the purposes of training Sector Control staff. Post war it was used as offices 2007 when it was closed and scheduled for demolition. Fortunately, it survived long enough to become Grade II listed, and its restoration began in 2010.

When it is complete the renovated and fully working building will run simulations and re-enactments of events from the Battle of Britain for the purposes of training forthcoming generations of Aerospace Battlespace Managers. These are the key personnel within the modern RAF Battlespace Management Force and the Air Surveillance and Control System. In addition, the building will be used to facilitate the education of younger generation of Air Training Corps and school children about the heritage and ethos of the Royal Air Force.

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  • Phillip Dawe2 years ago
    Phillip Dawe

    Phillip Dawe

    2 years ago

    To all our regular followers, our JustGiving Appeal is still very much alive and we are still encouraging people to contribute. The project still needs funding to advance the restoration of Building 27. Work is now concentrating on the former ladies toilet to convert it into a tea making facility and the former gents urinal/WC which when complete will be a unisex loo. Once this work is complete work can then restart in the Wireless Room to upgrade it into a Presentation Room to be used for briefings and meetings. Every penny counts!

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  • Phillip Dawe3 years ago
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    Phillip Dawe

    3 years ago

    The total raised so far is standing at £2943. Lets see if we can get it through £3K this weekend!

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  • Phillip Dawe3 years ago
    Phillip Dawe

    Phillip Dawe

    3 years ago

    On April 1st we passed £2,000 raised which is 20% of our target. Well done to those who have supported our appeal with generous donations. Meanwhile work continues preparing for the telephone cables to be installed within the Ops Room. There are certain pieces of period telephone apparatus required if we are to historically accurate. We are trying to source some key and lamp units. We have found one so far but the hunt continues for more.

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Page last updated on: 6/24/2024 08.54



  • Nicci


    Jun 24, 2024

    Thanks so much for conducting the tours for us last week - they were bril!

  • Robert Brown

    Robert Brown

    May 17, 2024

    Thanks for a great tour and talk with the Fletchers


  • Chris Brown

    Chris Brown

    May 16, 2024

    Keep up the good work, so the future visitors can appreciate the history behind the story!


  • Andrew Trapnell - Worshipful Company of Fletchers

    Andrew Trapnell - Worshipful Company of Fletchers

    May 14, 2024

    Fascinating project, and thank you for our visit

  • Pam Wignall

    Pam Wignall

    Mar 30, 2024

    A very interesting visit with some fascinating artefacts. I wish you lots of luck with the venture.


  • Sean Raftery

    Sean Raftery

    Dec 14, 2023

    Keep it going, its a great project.Merry Christmas Sean RafteryManaging DirectorUniversal Aviation UK


  • Stewart Grant

    Stewart Grant

    Nov 27, 2023

    Terrific tour. Brilliant work Phillip.


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