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    Very nice shots REF - a superb visit - the Curators knowledge was incredible.

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    Yes, very good indeed. Looking at the list of CO's made feel very old as the three I served under, Gp Capt's Penny, Turner and Raymond, are a long way back on the board. Also good to see Hillingdon House which in my time was HQMATO. Many thanks for showing.

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    This was received via the subbrit list:

    Developer St Modwen today bought the site from the MOD. They have Planning Permission for 1,340 homes, 200,000 sq ft of offices, new school, 1.500 seat theatre and a public car park. Work will begin by the end of the year.
    A quick google brings up these two sites that may be of interest:

    VSM Estates:
    http://www.vsmestates.co.uk/schemes_uxbridge.htm

    Also from The Construction Index site:
    http://www.theconstructionindex.co.u...ment-this-year

    Building to start on RAF Uxbridge redevelopment this year

    VSM Estates, a joint venture of developer St Modwen and construction group Vinci, has cleared major hurdles in its long-planned redevelopment of RAF Uxbridge, paving the way for building work to finally start this year.



    VSM Estates was selected by the Ministry of Defence back in August 2006. It has now completed the outright acquisition of RAF Uxbridge from the MoD under Project MoDEL. The site covers a total of 110 acres, of which 45 acres are developable, and has planning consent for 1,340 homes and some 200,000 square feet of commercial office and retail development, as well as a new primary school, a 1,500-seat theatre and a 40-acre public park. The acquisition has been financed principally through a £60m, five year debt facility provided by HSBC, with additional equity provided equally by St Modwen and Vinci.

    VSM has allocated 23 acres of the developable Uxbridge land to Persimmon for the development of 500 homes under St Modwen and Persimmon's existing joint venture arrangements. Construction is now scheduled to start here before the end of this year, St Modwen said.

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    Thank you for showing the Uxbridge aerial shot, it stirred many happy memories. For anyone interested, during my time there the Station Headquarters block was the first one seen on the left hand side of the parade ground with the excellent gymnasium, complete with squash courts, in front of it at the very bottom left corner of the photo. The main gate and guardroom occupied the space to the right of the gym which is now obviously a car park. Apart from SHQ, all of the other buildings around the parade ground were airmans/airwomans accommodation blocks with the one nearest the main road, on the right side of the square, being an IRA bomb target. Although I spent time here during redecoration of my normal accommodation, my regular room was in the block directly behind SHQ, which was extremely handy as I worked in headquarters and my usual 'home to work' journey time was around 8 seconds (4 if it was raining).

    The barrack blocks consisted mainly of 4 man rooms with a few single rooms on each floor for corporals. I was told that my bedspace was once the resting place of Lawrence of Arabia and I was fairly convinced that I still had his ancient uncomfortable bed! The rectangular building on the parade square was the Headquarters of the Queen's Colour Squadron RAF Regt, as well as the office of the Station Families officer. The 2 large buildings behind the parade ground were, on the left, the Airman's Mess and on the right the NAAFI (or Pinn Inn). Both buildings had other occupants and functions but I cant recall details. The complex behind the 2 buildings was the Supply Sqn HQ's with the rifle range behind again. The building to the right of the right hand side barrack blocks was a dental centre. Happy days!

    Thanks for the memories. Regards.....Paul

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    Thanks for sharing that Paul, thats really interesting to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydealfred View Post
    Very nice shots REF - a superb visit - the Curators knowledge was incredible.
    I had heard that he had left and been replaced, its good to see he is still there as the visit would simply not be the same without him.

    He may well have mentioned it but he pretty much single handedly created the whole museum from a run down semi derelict site

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    I visited at the weekend and had a great trip. I posted a video and photos here:


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    Virtual tours of the bunker at Uxbridge:

    http://www.360edge.co.uk/index.php/t...olio/88-museum

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal_Chase View Post
    I had heard that he had left and been replaced, its good to see he is still there as the visit would simply not be the same without him.

    He may well have mentioned it but he pretty much single handedly created the whole museum from a run down semi derelict site
    An old mate of mine Chris Wren - hislast post in the RAF was as WO MT at Uxbridge-- one of life's gentlemen as all us WOs were !! and yes I reckon 95% 0f the credit for the standard of the bunker must go to Chris .

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    St Andrews Gate, RAF Uxbridge - 6 August 2012





    Last edited by Richard Flagg; 31-10-2012 at 19:49.

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