heritage

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

  • Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust
    Client
  • Whitworths
    Partners
  • £3,800,000
    Total Value
  • NLHF Heritage Grant
    Funding

Tricolor was the lead consultancy at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Maldon, Essex. Our role was to support the Trust in the creation of a 20 year Masterplan to conserve and make accessible the incomparable First World War heritage buildings and airfield on the site. One of the few surviving Great War aerodromes in the UK, Stow Maries had only established itself as a charity in 2013, following the purchase of the site using a National Heritage Memorial Fund Grant. As a new organisation, the Trust faced a number of challenges, ranging from site access, tenant relationships, establishing the marketing and visitor offer, through to Civilian Aviation Authority directives impacting on their flying events.

Tricolor provided the project masterplan, business plan, and provide overall strategic development consultancy, assisting the Trust to clarify their aims and aspirations for the site and using these to create a sustainable business model. This included identifying key risks and issues, discussing options for capital investment on the site in order to deliver a better visitor experience, addressing significant structural and conservation issues and highlighting key areas for funding. Our approach, ensuring that the masterplan was rooted in accurate financial and economic data, helped Stow Maries achieve £4m in National Lottery Heritage Funding.

Masterplanning, Project Management, Interpretation Strategy, Fundraising Strategy, Round 1 NLHF Application, Audience Development Strategy,  Business Plan

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