Aeronautical Heritage Award for High-flying Gatwick Centre
An award-winning business centre located in the grounds of Gatwick Airport has become only the thirteenth recipient of a special heritage award by the Royal Aeronautical Society.
The centre, which is run by serviced office provider Orega Ltd, is a distinctive rotund building dating back to the 1930s. As a former airport terminal the property has always enjoyed attention from architectural and aeronautical enthusiasts, particularly as it was the world’s first circular terminal.
The centre won officebroker.com’s Business Centre of the Month Award in January 2011 for its flawless customer service, supportive business environment and high quality facilities. It has now followed this up by achieving recognition from the Royal Aeronautical Society in the form of a special commemorative plaque, which is only the thirteenth of its kind to be given since the heritage award scheme was launched in 2008.
The award was introduced to celebrate British technological or operational achievements and to recognise those that have made significant contributions to the world of aeronautics within the UK. The Beehive in Gatwick joins an esteemed list of recipients including Muswell Manor, a 16th Century Grade II listed building in Leysdown, which was the location of the world’s first aeroplane factory.
As Gatwick Airport’s first passenger terminal building and the former headquarters of GB Airways, the unique white circular Beehive building is steeped in aeronautical history and is a worthy recipient of the award.
Pictured: (L) James Gaggero, chairman of The Bland Group (owner of The Beehive), and Roger Beazley (R), chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society Heritage Awards.
Since its re-launch in 2009 as a business centre by Orega, in conjunction with venture management partner and building owner The Bland Group, the Grade II listed building is now home to many local businesses and remains a firm favourite with tenants and visitors alike.
James Gaggero, chairman of The Bland Group, has a long history in the aviation sector as his family founded Gibraltar Airways (later GB Airways) back in the 1930s. Speaking during the presentation of the award he said:
“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.”
Chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society Heritage Awards Roger Beazley described the building as “tremendous”.
Zach Douglas, joint Managing Director of Orega, added: “It’s a great honour for The Beehive to receive this award in recognition of its major contribution to the aeronautical world. We 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.”
The plaque is now proudly presented adjacent to the building entrance. It reads: “Gatwick Beehive – Constructed in 1936 to architects’ Hoar, Marlow and Lovett’s novel circular design, this building was the world’s first airline passenger terminal to provide covered access to aircraft and be linked directly to a mainline railway station.”
Further information about The Beehive in Gatwick can be found online at officebroker.com.
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