Trust in search of a new home

Rolls Royce
Rolls Royce

The Hucknall Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust faces the search for a new home as the group must vacate the building where it meets within the next three years.

The former hangar is on the Hucknall Rolls-Royce site off Watnall Road and it is to be bulldozed as part of the Rolls-Royce/Muse development for 900 new homes and a business park.

Rolls Royce has not yet found a permanent home for the trust - which has a unique collection of aero engines linked to the aviation history of Rolls-Royce - but says that it will be working with them to find a long-term solution.

Trust member Malcolm Bent said: “There will hardly be anything left at Rolls Royce. We have not been told to leave it yet. It could be a couple of years but they are going to knock it all down. Up to now they haven’t offered us any alternatives.”

A Rolls-Royce spokesperson said: “Rolls-Royce is making a significant investment in technology and equipment for the newer facilities on our Hucknall site over the next three years. This demonstrates our commitment to innovative technology and world-class facilities which will improve performance and drive profitable growth for our business.

“The old test bed currently used by the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust is outdated and no longer used by Rolls-Royce. Therefore we recently met with representatives from the Heritage Trust to begin discussions on their requirements for the future.

“We recognise the importance of the Heritage Trust to the local community and we will be working over the next three years to find a long-term solution that will help meet the needs of the Trust and Rolls-Royce.”

Mr Bent added: “We do up old engines and make them look respectable. We have seven or eight engines on show and we have a lot of important photographs and models of aircraft - everything that has passed through.”