FILTON’S aviation heritage has been dealt a new blow after the hangar used to build Concorde was denied listed status.
Campaigners fighting to save Filton Airfield after owners BAE Systems announced its imminent closure applied to English Heritage to list Brabazon Hangar to protect it from being torn down.
Erected after World War Two for the construction of the Brabazon airliner, the building later became the birthplace of Concorde.
Yet, English Heritage ruled that it did not bear enough architectural interest to deserve the designation.
The organisation stated in its report published in response to the application: "The significance of both the Brabazon Mark I and Concorde in British aviation history is undisputed.
"Regrettably, however, this historic interest is not manifest in the Brabazon hangar, a building which although notable for its great size is otherwise fairly unremarkable architecturally.
"There is a degree of interest in some of the engineering solutions which were developed in order to respond to the challenges of creating a structure of this size, but they were developments of existing technology rather than solutions of real innovation.
"On balance, the degree of alteration and limited architectural interest of the building outweigh the historic interest of its association with two notable aircraft and the building should not be listed."
The Brabazon Hangar had already been assessed for listing in 1996 and was found to be lacking in historic and structural significance.
Save Filton Airfield campaigner Paul Lee warned that without a listed status anything could happen to the hangar, which has been empty since 2009.
"It’s just another kick in the teeth for Filton and our aviation heritage," he said.
"My home is a listed building and apparently it’s more significant than the Brabazon Hangar. I’m told what colour to paint my chimney, and yet when it comes to a unique building like the Brabazon Hangar, with history oozing out of it, nobody cares. That can’t be right.
"We’re losing our airfield, our cricket pitches and our ice rink. We’ll be scrapping Concorde and the ss Great Britain next."
BAE Systems insisted that everything was being done to save the hangar and secure a buyer.
The company even submitted a planning application to turn it into a regular storage warehouse to make it more marketable. A spokesman said: "BAE Systems regards the hangar as having a useful commercial future through change of use.
"It is actively marketing it today for manufacturing or distribution purposes. It has received a number of enquiries and is confident that a tenant or buyer will be found."