Lift-off for Daedalus Waterfront project

November 2023
The Daedalus Waterfront masterplan for the regeneration of a former Royal Navy airbase at Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire UK, has gained planning approval. The redevelopment of the 42-acre historically-significant site will provide 346 new homes, 5,200 sq m of commercial space, 24,500 sq m of industrial space, new community services and facilities, and retain the world’s largest collection of hovercraft — on display in the The Hovercraft Museum.

Daedalus Waterfront is a joint venture between Patron Capital, MurrayTwohig Developments and Orwell Real Estate, who were selected by Homes England as development partners for the site. We provided engineering services for the masterplanning, and are providing ongoing services for the construction phases.

Daedalus Waterfront

HMS Daedalus was one of only 13 seaplane bases developed in England. Seaplane operations began here in 1917. Active during both World Wars, Daedalus was the busiest airfield in Britain on D-Day. Hovercraft joined the base in 1962. The Ministry of Defence operated the site until 1997, after which it was largely disused.

Masterplanning and heritage architect : ACME London
Planning consultant : Freeths
Heritage consultants : Roger Mears Architects / Planning Potential
Structural and civil engineering : Whitby Wood
Geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering : A-squared Studio Engineers
MEP, BREEAM, acoustics and noise impact : Cudd Bentley Consulting Ltd
Transport consultant : PJA