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NAAFI Building, Kenley Aerodrome

Overview

ECE Planning are delighted to announce that planning and listed building consent has been secured for the reuse and refurbishment of the Grade II listed NAAFI building at Kenley Aerodrome, for use as an independent secondary school.

The NAAFI building has a distinguished past as part of the former RAF airfield at Kenley, described as “the most complete fighter airfield associated with the Battle of Britain to have survived”, making it a site of particular national historic significance. The wider site contains a number of listed buildings associated with the former airfield, and is located within the Kenley Aerodrome Conservation Area and within the Metropolitan Green Belt.
As planning consultants for the scheme ECE Planning’s role involved working alongside designers Unispace and co-ordinating a multi-disciplinary team.

The development provides both a high quality education facility and the significant opportunity to ensure the retention, re-use and refurbishment of the currently vacant and unused Listed Building. The proposals also involve the sensitive extension and infilling of rear service areas to facilitate additional floorspace and retention and enhancement of key elements of heritage significance, secured through considered design and consultation with Tandridge District Council and the Surrey County Council Listed Buildings Adviser.

ECE Project Director Huw James commented as follows:

‘The work involved building a close relationship with the local authority from the earliest stages of the project.
The proposals represent a key regeneration opportunity for a vacant and unused listed building that now offers long-term community benefits, meeting a defined need for education provision in the area and securing the building’s long term future as a national heritage asset.’

The refurbishment and extension works are due to be completed by September 2015 for the start of the new school term and ECE Planning continue to work with the clients and the local authority to deliver this exciting project.

LOCATION

Kenley, Surrey

AUTHORITY

Tandridge District Council

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Client Testimonial

Terry Brightmore, Terra Firma Designs

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Terry Brightmore, Terra Firma Designs

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Terry Brightmore, Terra Firma Designs

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