Don’t look back in hangar

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A vacant aircraft hangar near Nottingham is finding fame as a location for shooting television programmes. The former RAF training base, 12 miles east of Nottingham, has been used by the BBC, Carlton and Granada to record programmes such as Robot Wars, Dangerville and Panic Mechanics.

Defences Estates intends eventually to dispose of the base, which was decommissioned two years ago, but in the mean time it has employed BK in Nottingham to secure some temporary income. Of the five disused hangars, each around 46,000 sq ft (4,270 sq m), one remains empty, two have been let for storage but another two have hit the limelight.

Dave Weston, associate at BK, points out that the clear space and high ceilings make the hangars ideal for filming and companies are paying around £3,000 a week to use the buildings.

Children’s programme Jungle Run transformed one building (below, right) by bringing in palm trees, exotic jungle plants and two large ‘lakes’ inside the hangar. ‘The transformation was absolutely startling,’ says Weston.

One can only imagine what the site currently looks like. Its tenant is Prism Entertainments, which is filming a one-off children’s programme called The Battle of the Psyborgs.

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