A multi-million pounds plan of redeveloping 130,000 sq m. of land at Hampshire airport as employment space for businesses specializing in the aviation, aerospace engineering and advanced manufacturing, which can provide nearly 2.500 new jobs. The success of the project is crucial to the future of Daedalus’ local economy.
Leader of Fareham Borough Council said: “we have always targeted to be a prime business airport, so according to the plan six out of 11 hangers will be for businesses in the aviation and marine sectors and the remaining five will be for aircraft storage, which will be built on unused land adjacent to the disused north-south runway. Out of the 12 existing hangers, few will be renovated. The airport currently has around 20,000 flights per year but that figure is expected to double once the new hangars are completed.
Solent airfield, originally the site of the Royal Naval Air Services’ first seaplane base in 1917, was also a Fleet Air Arm training base in WW2 as HMS Daedalus. It is also home to Britten-Norman, which proudly calls itself the UK’s only independent aircraft manufacturer