Former air traffic control tower to become museum

in World · 23-08-2019 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

The former tower and control room of the Santa Maria airport in the Azores is to be transformed into a museum dedicated to the history of the airport.

According to a press release from the Socialist Regional Executive’s Support Office for Social Communication (GACS), the announcement of tender procedure has been published in the Official Journal and the work will have an execution period of eight months, with the base price of the contract of €342,000. “The public tender launched through the Regional Directorate for Culture, aims to rehabilitate the old tower and control room, where the museum dedicated to the history of Santa Maria Airport will be installed” adds the press release.

According to the Azorean Government, the requalification of the space “maintains the main architectural features of the property, shape, materials and furniture, in order to refer the visitor to the ‘modus operandi’ of the years of operation of the old airport tower as a strategic point of support for Lajes Air Base on Terceira Island during World War II.”

Thus “the intervention has the assumption of minimal changes and involves the recovery of the interior and exterior structural elements of wood or their replacement, according to the state of degradation”.

“Replacement of glazing, ceilings and floors, repairs of walls, paintings, replacement of the roof, reformulation of the electrical installation, water and sewage network” will also be carried out.

Santa Maria Airport was built in the final years of World War II by the US military.


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