Veterans' Garage - Barton Airport

The Veteran’s Garage is a non-profit charity. The project is to restore the Grade II listed former Barton Airpoirt Terminal and adjoining farm buildings (9.3km west of Manchester) into a base for a classic car and motorcycle restoration garage to support military veterans.

The garage facility will help support veterans suffering from recent combat stress, and will also work to alleviate some of the loneliness and isolation of the older generations. The Veteran’s Garage is a unique approach to providing support to military veterans across the north west to have a stable social hub, to learn new skills, and receive support and advice.

The former terminal, the oldest of its type in the UK, and double height farm buildings will be sympathetically repaired and restored retaining much of their original character. New timber doors and barn doors, painted dark grey will replace the degraded or missing originals, and a new aluminium glazing system fitted with minimal framing so as not to detract from the simplicity and character of the terminal building’s brickwork elevations. The building graphic ‘Autobarn’ and the Veteran’s Garage logo will be stenciled onto the brickwork, to act as a marker when viewed from Liverpool Road.

The north-western corner stables will become weather tight enclosed spaces to allow for year round operation of the garage. Oversized painted timber garage doors will provide a cohesive language with the other barn and domestic scale doors on the adjacent elevations. A first floor mezzanine level above the garage will be inserted to provide treatment rooms.

Adjacent to the garage, the internal walls at ground level will be opened up to form an east-west axis of circulation. The bar, kitchen and new stair will be positioned along the rear wall facing the airfields. Thus, a visual connection will be maintained between the social space and the cobbled courtyard space activating the main courtyard elevation, and providing a natural spill out / event space.