Steeped in history and building for the future, Solent Airport, formerly Daedalus airfield, welcomes visitors all year round to its beautiful coastal location overlooking the Solent and Isle of Wight.
In March 2015, the Council acquired 369 acres of land at Daedalus, to ensure it was not turned over for large scale housing development. The airfield was rebranded as Solent Airport at Daedalus andi is now supported by two business parks: Faraday Business Park to the east of the site and Swordfish Business Park to the west.
The Council developed its Vision for Daedalus, together with a series of objectives designed to achieve it. As one of its corporate priorities, the Council committed itself to work with the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and landowners to deliver a thriving aviation-led employment area at the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus, supported by a viable airfield. The Council's Vision for Daedalus can be viewed here (3 MB).
Since taking ownership of the airport in 2015, the Council has invested over £30m in providing industry-leading office and workshop space within the Fareham Innovation Centre as well as bespoke industrial units and new hangars for business and general aviation use, unique to the south coast.
Employment opportunities for local people have also been created by securing over 600 jobs of the 3,500 target for the Solent Enterprise Zone.
The airport itself is operated by Regional & City Airports and facilities at Solent Airport include CAA Licensed Aerodrome with a resurfaced runway, aircraft refuelling, on-site engineering, hangarage, outdoor parking, along with flying tuition and flight experiences. There is also a café and viewing area for members of the public to enjoy.
Further information can be found on the Solent Airport website
Fareham's £5.3m Innovation Centre opened in 2015 and offers office space and workshop facilities for new businesses, with a focus on the engineering, aerospace, aviation and marine industries.
The Centre was part of large scale investment at the Enterprise Zone, which included improvements to the runway and new business park infrastructure in 2014.
The Innovation Centre has close ties with Fareham College's Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST) on site.
In 2018 the Innovation Centre was expanded and now provides an additional 3400m2 comprising 33 new offices and 5 workshops.
Further information about Fareham Innovation Centre and its facilities can be found on their website.
A large open space that runs along Gosport Road and next to the airport will benefit the local community, visitors and employees that work nearby. Throughout 2020, and despite the Cornavirus pandemic, works to the new open space have been ongoing. Dates for opening the site will be announced as soon as all the works are complete.
There is also a brand-new children's play area with an aircraft theme that children and families can enjoy all year round. You can find more information about the Daedalus Common play area here.
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Solent Enterprise Zone for information on discounts and other benefits (https://solentlep.org.uk/what-we-do/solent-enterprise-zone/ )