Castle Bromwich has been presented with a prestigious Engineering Heritage Award by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers ,
The award recognises engineering importance for its manufacture of nearly 12,000 Spitfires and around 305 Lancaster bombers for the World War Two effort.
Previous recipients include computing pioneer Alan Turing’s Bombe at Bletchley Park, the E-Type Jaguar and Concorde.
This is the 124th Engineering Heritage Award to be presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Established in 1984, the award’s aim is to promote artefacts, sites or landmarks of significant engineering importance – past and present.
John Wood, Chair of the Engineering Heritage Committee and Past President, said: “For almost eight decades, Castle Bromwich has provided jobs for the local community, trained and developed engineers and has produced some of Britain’s most iconic aircraft and automobiles.
“This award also serves as an opportunity to recognise the contribution made by the women of Castle Bromwich and the surrounding areas who made up an estimated 40% of the workforce producing these aircraft during the war.”