The Business Hangars development is part of the Solent Enterprise Zone at Lee-on-the Solent in Hampshire. The hangars are located overlooking the Historic Daedalus Airfield and consist of a terrace of six aircraft hangars with associated car parking and landscaping, for business and light industrial use. The development gained planning approval in October 2016 and is currently on site.
The hangars form part of the overall vision for Daedalus which seeks to promote local economic and employment growth through advanced manufacturing within the marine, aviation and aerospace sectors. The new hangars will assist in relocating existing businesses from their current facilities, some of which date back to the First World War and have become unfit for purpose.
We were appointed by Fareham Borough Council to produce outline proposals prior to the development of a full planning application. Following the approval we will further progress the proposals to RIBA Stage 3 to enable procurement of a Design & Build contract.
The client brief for the project clearly stated that the new development was to convey a quality which encouraged current and future investment in premium projects at the airfield. With a relatively simple layout and structural solution the architectural quality of the proposal is conveyed through the sinuous form and distinguished external finish, particularly on the eastern frontage. Large, framed display windows allow the building to showcase the aircrafts within, while illuminated large numbering and letters act as key features easily seen on approach. Coloured profiled aluminium panels clearly define each individual hangar but allow the building to read as one. The undulating wavy form of the roof helps define each unit, mitigating the impact of the 200m long building.