The first half of Daedalus Business Park (Phase1) is almost fully occupied. The development of the second half of the Business Park remains ongoing and separate works to provide utilities and service road for Daedalus Phase 2 development is underway, making the whole site pretty busy. Toward the end of this phase Daedalus Drive including its connection with Marine Parade/Stubbington Lane and the spine of the internal roads system will be open. Phase 2 also includes the two housing developments separated by another proposed business plot, with the next businesses proposing to include shops and even a health centre has been mentioned. While still part of the phase 2 proposals the business park will be developed after the housing and should include some of the former Daedalus buildings that have been preserved such as Wykeham Hall and Keith Cottages. Most of the demolition of the former Daedalus buildings, excluding listed buildings and buildings within the “Waterfront” conservation area, is almost complete, this has been the main cause of dust nuisance for local residents. Homes England, site contractors, local councillors and environmental officers have met on site to discuss management of the dust problem. The mitigating measures agreed to are…..
It appears these measures have helped, perhaps along with the wetter winter season but now most of the spoil has been used or removed prior to the housing developments, expected to start by Spring 2018.
The Hovercraft Museum remains on site and has now reopened on Saturdays after winter break with the inclusion of Solent and Isle of Wight Hovercraft trips about once a month. Cosmetic restoration work on Princess Anne, one of the SRN4 former cross channel hovercraft has started and can be progressed further using some of the parts from Princess Margaret. The latter is being dismantled by a salvage contractor. The museum trustees have negotiated a short term lease on the site, including Princess Anne, for the interim, but their future will not be clear until the final phase of the Waterfront Site, the projected Phase 3 development site, yet to be sold, has been decided.
Fareham’s areas. Following Fareham Borough Council’s (FBC) purchase of the airfield in 2015 its plans and developments are progressing apace following a strategy for the overall development of “Solent Airport Daedalus” which can be found at: https://www.fareham.gov.uk/PDF/business/daedalus/vision.pdf or Google ‘Fareham.gov.uk business Daedalus vision’. The credibility of this document and the scale and future of aviation space and industry will be fundamental to the confidence and viability the Airfield. The Economic Zone offers benefits to businesses particularly in marine, aviation and automobile technology. Organisations which meet the Economic Zone (EZ) remit are the already established: CEMAST College offering over 900 students and apprentices engineering skills. Equally the Innovation Centre which is dedicated to providing new business with bespoke office and workshop space. A second innovation centre has recently been completed as the demand soon filled the first facility.
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