Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

acta has prepared a conservation statement for the site described by English Heritage as probably the best surviving example of a Great War aerodrome in Western Europe. Twenty-four of the original 44 buildings are still present and are all grade II* listed. Lost buildings such as the hangars are well documented and can be replicated. Since 2008 there has been extensive conservation of the buildings led by Russell Savory, and an English Heritage Angel Award was received in 2012. The aerodrome has now been purchased by a charitable trust with funding from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and other organisations. It is to be conserved as a public monument and for education in the history of the Great War.

Our work reviewed the measures necessary for the conservation of the buildings in parallel with a Heritage Partnership Agreement set up by the local planning authority and English Heritage. It set out policies for the both the aerodrome’s long-term conservation and its potential in commemorating the centenary of the Great War in 2014-2018.

Client: English Heritage

Video footage can be found at:
YouTube Stow Maries
Aviation Heritage Trust

The interior of the Officer's Mess has remained untouched since the aerodrome was abandoned in 1919

The restored Pilots' Ready Room with the water tower behind

The aerodrome will become a base for restored and replica vehicles and aeroplanes