The Aeronautical Heritage Awards were first launched in 2008, to recognise a person, object or a place that has made a significant contribution to the art and science of aeronautics within Britain. The Gatwick serviced office centre is now the 13th winner of the award, which was given to the office premises in recognition of the building’s pioneering role in the history of air travel.
The distinctive circular building - which is now home to a selection of modern executive office suites - had originally served as Gatwick Airport’s first passenger terminal. The white Art Deco styled property dates back to 1936 and was the original HQ of Great British Airways.
The unique commercial building, was designed by Hoar, Marlow & Lovett and was one of the world’s first fully integrated airport structures. The Beehive building in Crawley, Sussex, was re-opened in 2009 by Orega, the flexible office operator in a joint venture with The Bland Group. Facilities at the offices to let in RH6 include advanced meeting rooms, lounge and break-out areas.
Commenting on the successful renovation James Gaggero, Chairman of The Bland Group, said that: “We’ve made The Beehive relevant for today; people love the charm and character of the building; the beauty of its circular design. What we see now is The Bland Group’s commitment to it.”
The Bland Group invested £1.6 million on the renovations to The Beehive building in Crawley, Sussex. The commanding Gatwick business centre now provides small to large businesses a modern and comfortable working environment for their visitors and staff.
Located just 10 minutes from London Gatwick Airport the serviced offices have proved very popular and attracted many companies looking to enjoy the building’s unique historic charm.
Joint managing director for Orega, Zach Douglas, expressed that it was a great honour for The Beehive to receive the plaque in recognition of its major contribution to the aeronautical history. Confirming that both companies are proud to be associated with “such a wonderful building and delighted that we could give it a new lease of life as a business centre for the 21st century.”
Roger Beazley, chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society Heritage Awards, spoke at the event, describing the building as ‘tremendous’ and thanking Peter Davison and John King for their diligence during the stringent award selection process.