Chairman joins royal tour of South Gloucestershire

Published on: 26 Sep 2013

Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Ian Boulton, joined the Duke of Gloucester on his visit to South Gloucestershire today (Thursday 26 September).

During his tour of the district the Duke visited a local company in Patchway called Metryx Ltd, based at Aztec West, to present a Queen’s Award for Industry.

The royal visit continued to Filton where the Duke officially opened the restored Pegasus House at the Airbus site. The Grade II Listed art-deco building, which was originally opened in 1936 as the headquarters of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, will play a key role at the heart of the new Airbus Aerospace Park (AAP) – a state-of-the-art business park for over 2,700 employees that will help keep South Gloucestershire company Airbus at the forefront of global aviation.

Chairman Ian Boulton said: “For decades Pegasus House has stood over Filton as a towering reminder of our proud aviation heritage. It has now regained its rightful place as a landmark building where local people can continue to develop world beating aerospace technologies for decades to come. The staff of Airbus should be congratulated for their ongoing commitment to such a valuable industry which is of regional, national, if not international importance."

Emersons Green was the final destination for the royal visit with a stop at the Bristol & Bath Science Park where the Duke unveiled a statue to commemorate the park’s second birthday.

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