Lift-off — Daedalus Waterfront regeneration project

May 2022
We are very pleased to be working with Daedalus Development Company, helping realise the client’s ambitions for regenerating a historic 17 hectare site at Lee-on-the-Solent next to Solent Airport — Daedalus Waterfront Regeneration project.

Daedalus Waterfront regeneration

We are working on due diligence for the scheme’s masterplan, providing structural and civil engineering services, as well as geotechnical, MEP, wind, sustainability, acoustic, air quality and aviation impact assessments. The site lies west of Portsmouth, not far from Southampton.

One of only 13 seaplane bases developed in England, it is considered as one of the top 20 most important historic aviation sites by Historic England. The Royal Naval Air Service established a seaplane airstrip here in 1917, later becoming HMS Daedalus. Hovercraft joined the base in 1962 and the site is houses a museum collection of the craft. Ministry of Defence operated the site until around 1996, and a number of buildings in the vicinity of the proposed development are remnants of its former use as a military airfield.

Daedalus Development Company is a joint venture between MurrayTwohig Development, Orwell Real Estate and Patron Capital. Cost management advice from Gardiner & Theobald LLP.

HISTORIC PHOTO A trainer in action at the RNAS Lee-on-Solent: budding pilots receive their first training in blind flying while the instructing officer speaks to them by phone. [ public domain ] 1943
AERIAL copyright Kevin Legg (cc-by-sa/2.0), taken 2005

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