Julian Harrap Architects
Built in 1917, the R52 building housed the first wind tunnels at Farnborough and is one of the world’s earliest aerodynamic testing facilities, an extremely rare example of a purpose built aviation structure from this era. Described by the FAST museum as “craftsmanship of the first order, all handmade”, both the wooden wind tunnel and the building itself are unique. Much important twentieth century aeronautical research and development was carried out here, right up until the 1990s. R52 achieved English Heritage Grade II Listed protection in February 2002.