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Hangar 16U

A New, Local Social Hub in a Historic Listed Aircraft Hangar

This historic hangar was a hive of activity, assembling and maintaining aircraft in the Airfield’s aviation heyday. Once restored, it will once again become a vibrant community hub for Bristol.

Close up of the aged roof trusses in the historic aircraft hangar 16u

Built around 1915, Hangar 16U is an important part of Brabazon's heritage. Originally built for the Royal Flying Corps, this impressive Grade-II listed building connected Bristol to the world. Beneath its Belfast trusses, a community of engineers and designers were driven by a common purpose, creating new technologies that shaped the future of flight. 

Now this beautiful brick-built structure will have a new lease of life as a local, sociable community hub at Brabazon.

Close up of the aged roof trusses in the historic aircraft hangar 16u
Vibrant café at Hangar 16U—ideal for coffee with friends or family lunches. Versatile multi-use spaces fostering community connection.

Downstairs there will be a bustling open-plan café to catch up with friends for coffee or enjoy a family lunch.

There will be quiet pods for studying and arched nooks for private meetings. Activity rooms will host a busy social calendar of events, offering anything from antenatal classes to Zumba, while a community-focused fitness centre will have both cardio machines and weight-training facilities for those wanting to work out.

Upstairs will feature dedicated youth spaces and more activity rooms, creating a place for after-school clubs, informal study groups, workshops and recreation. 

Vibrant café at Hangar 16U—ideal for coffee with friends or family lunches. Versatile multi-use spaces fostering community connection.
Aerial perspective of Hangar 16U, serving as a vibrant local hub in South West Bristol.

A large hall will be a social space for multi-faith groups, a backdrop to the children's creche or the perfect venue for public meetings and family events.

Visitors will spill out onto the 15-acre Brabazon Park to the West, with its exercise area, children’s playgrounds and public lawns that will be perfect for picnicking.

Then to the East, Hangar 16U will open onto a vibrant new public square, planned as a home for regular pop-up markets and street food stalls.

Aerial perspective of Hangar 16U, serving as a vibrant local hub in South West Bristol.

Work to transform the building began in 2023, with opening expected in 2025*. Sign up to the Neighbourhood Newsletter to be the first to hear updates about Hangar 16U and Brabazon.

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The dates, information and imagery on this website faithfully describe the vision for Brabazon at the time of publishing. All are part of the masterplan for Brabazon and include buildings and landscaping which will take a number of years to complete and some of which remain subject to planning.

While all information has been provided in good faith and every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, YTL Developments Ltd and YTL Homes Ltd retain the right to change any and all details of the development at Brabazon at any time. All computer generated images (CGIs) and stock photography are indicative only.

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