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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 Dawe1 month ago
    Phillip Dawe

    Phillip Dawe

    1 month 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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  • Phillip Dawe3 months ago
    Phillip Dawe

    Phillip Dawe

    3 months ago

    As of Friday 12th February we have raised 15% of our target figure. This is very encouraging. Thank you to those who have already contributed to this worthy cause. Please spread the word and encourage people to support us reach our £10,000 target.

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3 months ago

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Page last updated on: 5/1/2021 07.01

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55

  • Simpson-Stalewski’s

    Simpson-Stalewski’s

    May 1, 2021

    Keep going, we support you and your vital work on this project

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 28, 2021

    £40.00

  • Chris Leworthy

    Chris Leworthy

    Apr 28, 2021

    Greta initiative, wish best of luck

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 28, 2021

    £50.00

  • Michael Roeder

    Michael Roeder

    Apr 27, 2021

    Happy to support such a worthwhile project!Thanks Phil!M.R.

    £152.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 18, 2021

    David Thomas legacy contribution

    £75.00

  • Pat Smith

    Pat Smith

    Apr 14, 2021

    I had the pleasure of seeing this project when worked had just been started. Amazing job.

    £40.00

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