WW2 RAF hangars near City of Derry airport to be given listed status
Three Second World War aircraft hangars from an RAF base that played a crucial role in the Battle of the Atlantic are set to become listed buildings.
The pre-fabricated structures are located beside City of Derry airport at Eglington.
The RAF base at Eglington, which opened in 1941, was vital in the fight against German U-boats marauding in the Atlantic Ocean.
Along with Castle Archdale in Co Fermanagh, it provided the Allied forces one of their most westerly airstrips to launch the long and fuel-draining air patrols that protected shipping convoys bringing supplies from North America.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has proposed the listing of the hangars, along with three other properties in Londonderry, namely a row of three terraced buildings on the city's Northland Road.
The three-storey Italianate style town-houses were built in 1869 and designed by John Guy Ferguson, a prominent architect of the time.
Mr Durkan will now consult with Derry City and Strabane District Council on his listings plans.
"These proposed listings will be a boost for the region, reflecting Derry City's varied and diverse history," he said.
"Much work has been carried out in recent years to highlight the area's important role in World War Two. This rare collection of airfield hangars are in good condition and listing them will preserve a key slice of our history. It also reminds everyone just how much there is to see in Derry from this important period.
"The other proposal to protect three buildings on the Northland Road will safeguard a group of structures with good external detail at a key point in the Magee Conservation Area.
"Listing these will ensure these important assets are preserved and protected as part of the City and region's rich tapestry. They will also further enhance the marketing of the council area as a great place to work, visit and invest.
"This brings the total number of buildings offered the protection of listing within the Derry and Strabane area to 655. My Department and I continue to be committed to ensuring that our environment is recognised and utilised to its full potential to deliver a better environment and a stronger economy."