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UK BAE Systems Rochester - Feb 2008

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Location - BAE Systems, Rochester, Kent

Date Visted: February 2008

Curent Status: Has now been demolished

Future Plans: Redevelopment.

BAE systems Rochester was primerily involved in the manufacture of Electronics and Integrated solutions. The buildings form part of Rochester Airport, and were used by an RAF flying school and the Shorts Brothers prior to being used by BAE systems.

History

The older part of the complex dates from the 1930's and was probably built when No 23 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School took over use of the site in 1938. The newer part was probably built in when GEC (comprising Marconi and instrument makers Elliot Automation) took over use of the site in 1979. BAE aquired both of these companies in the following years, and continued operations a Rochester until the site was vacated in 2004.

Future

Rochester airport itself is now run on a care and maintenance basis by a group of entusiasts, who are currently negotiating with Medway council over a long term lease for the site. The buildings ajoining Maidstone Road are the ones we visted; they are currently being demolished and the land is set for redevelopment. As you can see there's not a lot left, but it was still interesting to look round none the less.

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If you have an electric panel fetish, then this is the place for you.

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Roof Space

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Thanks for looking

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I havn't been back there for a while, so I'm not sure what they've built in it's place. I think it might be light industrial units, as all the rest of the stuff in the area is industrial, so I would have thought it unlikely that they'd build houses there.

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