The historic officers’ mess at RAF Scampton has been officially designated as a Grade II listed building by Historic England. The announcement comes after West Lindsey District Council applied for the building to be considered for listing, in a bid to safeguard its historical importance.
The new listed status acknowledges the importance of the building, recognising its distinct architectural and historic interest, protecting the mess for future generations.
It is further recognition of the particular historic interest of RAF Scampton, due to the base’s links with the famous 617 Squadron, which was based there and led by Guy Gibson. The squadron played a pivotal role in the war effort, particularly in Operation Chastise, popularly known as the 'Dambusters’ Raid', arguably the most famous raid from the war.
Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr Trevor Young, said the building’s new status is ‘positive’ for the site. He said: “This recognition of the high degree of special historical interest, specifically the base’s role in some of the most famous actions of World War II, is a really positive outcome for the site, particularly as there remains an element of uncertainty around its short-term future.”
The newly acquired listed status also brings the building under special consideration within the planning system, providing extra controls on any works affecting its character for both the exterior and interior.
The report by Historic England, which accompanied the listing notification, described the officers’ mess as being a Type B mess, a standard design for medium bomber stations. It noted architecturally the quality of the design, its good proportions and being constructed from quality building materials used in the expansion era.
Sally Grindrod-Smith, Director of Planning and Regeneration at West Lindsey District Council, said: “Officers at West Lindsey District Council have always been alive to the special nature of RAF Scampton, particularly the high esteem in which the nation holds the site. It is for that reason the Council, on hearing of the proposed closure in 2018, has worked tirelessly during last five years to try and secure a sustainable and appropriate use for the site once the MOD had left.”
The listing was published by Historic England on 18 October 2023 and can be access at the link below: