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Solent Airport at Daedalus

The Daedalus site is around 200 hectares, of which the Solent Enterprise Zone area covers 82 hectares. The remainder is an operational airport that has been commissioned for wider business use via the development of two new business parks – Faraday to the east of the site and Swordfish to the west.

Further information can be found on the Solent Airport website External Hyperlink.

In 2015 the Council set out its Vision for Daedalus PDF (14 MB).  In February 2019 an updated Vision PDF (3 MB), reporting on the previous three years and setting out plans for the next five years was approved by the Executive.

Fareham Innovation Centre at Daedalus

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 new Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST) External Hyperlink 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 here: External Hyperlink.

How many jobs will the Centre create?

In total, there are 195 people working for 27 businesses on site, plus a further 25 local businesses regularly using drop-in facilities, such as meeting rooms.

It is anticipated that a further 253 new net new job opportunities will be created initially with the extension, with the focus on the engineering, aerospace, aviation and marine industries.  This number will grow to 419 gross new jobs over a 10 year period across the whole of Fareham Innovation Centre.

Does the Centre target a certain market?

Recognising its location in the Solent Enterprise Zone, the centre will provide facilities that encourage businesses related to the advanced manufacturing sector, Work is underway on the Innovation Centreincluding marine, aerospace, aviation and precision engineering.  However, the foremost objective will be to support new, highly-skilled businesses to thrive, so all entrepreneurs will be welcomed into the Centre.

You can view the plans for Solent Airport and the Innovation Centre extension online.


For more information:

If you are a business looking for opportunities on site or an investor or developer, contact our commercial property agents Lambert Smith Hampton:

Robin Dickens / Elise Evans

Lambert Smith Hampton
01489 579579
07977 519333
07703 393120

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership on information about grants. ( External Hyperlink)

Solent Enterprise Zone for information on discounts and other benefits ( External Hyperlink)

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