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Office Video Tour Shows off Historic Airport Building

Office Video Tour Shows off Historic Airport Building
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The former Croydon Airport is now an established business centre.

Located on Purley Way near Croydon, this unique business centre is based at the site of the world’s first purpose-built commercial airport that was developed out of two First World War airfields, dating back to 1915 and 1918 respectively.

Today, the former airport terminal has been carefully refurbished and converted into a modern business centre, featuring all the benefits of serviced office space and a contemporary working environment that is complemented by the listed building’s imposing fa├ºade and charming period features.

Dan Mcleod, Account Manager at officebroker.com, recently visited the centre and commented on the size of the space available.

“It’s a very iconic looking building – you can’t miss it,” he said. “The place is massive – over 65,000 sq ft of office space; it has a restaurant and a shop in the reception, and a museum on the top floor.”

The centre now appears in an office video tour that gives a detailed insight into the interior space, helping to give prospective clients an idea of the facilities available prior to booking a tour.

>> Watch the video in full here

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The business centre now features in a Video Tour.

Among the features highlighted is the building’s distinct entranceway, marked by a restored De Havilland Heron aircraft – the model that made the last flight out of the airport – which is mounted on the building’s forecourt as a continuous reminder of its past, and the significant role it played throughout British history.

Croydon Airport – History

It started when two adjacent airfields were combined at the end of World War I, to create the ‘Air Port of London’ – later known as Croydon Airport – which served as the official customs airport and main point of entry or departure for all international flights.

Opened on 29 March 1920, the airport introduced regular scheduled flights to a range of destinations including Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and later Berlin, and underwent a significant expansion from the mid-1920s that saw the construction of a new terminal building – the very one that now provides high quality office space to local businesses.

Built in May 1928, this was the first purpose-designed terminal in the world and attracted many pioneering aviators during its heyday. This included Charles Lindbergh in 1927, who completed the first solo trans-Atlantic flight; Bert Hinkler, who made the first flight to Australia in 1928; and Amy Johnson – the first woman to fly to Australia. Winston Churchill also reportedly took flying lessons at the airport.

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An aircraft is positioned at the entrance to the building as a reminder of its past.

With the arrival of World War II, Croydon Airport was used by the RAF in a vital role as a fighter station, and later became the London base for RAF Transport Command.

In 1946 the airport was handed back by the RAF to civilian control, but its days as a passenger terminal were numbered. Its limited size and restricted expansion possibilities, coupled with the advancement of the aviation industry that meant airliners were getting bigger and bulkier, spelled the end for Croydon Airport.

The last plane flew out of the airport on 30th September 1959.

Some 30 years later, the former terminal building was refurbished and converted into office space, and the De Havilland Heron aircraft was installed at the front entrance in 1997. A visitor centre and ‘Museum of Aviation’ is now based within the airport’s old control tower.

Today, the striking Art Deco building has undergone a full refurbishment and continues to play its part in British industry by housing a range of businesses both large and small.

Find out more about this historical site and enquire about the range of office space available by visiting the officebroker.com website: Croydon – Purley Way.

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Image source – Tristan Forward

Research – Croydon Online

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