By road the B3385 connects it to the A27 and onto the M27 corridor providing connections to Portsmouth and Southampton, plus London via the A3(M) or M3. As part of the public sector investment in the Enterprise Zone’s infrastructure access to the M27 is also currently being upgraded by the £34m Stubbington Bypass scheme.
Air links are provided by Solent Airport that is based at the heart of Daedalus. It offers facilities for executive travel and general aviation by plane and helicopter, with London accessible by the latter in around 20 minutes. Business owners and employees can also take scenic flights in a spitfire or learn to fly from here too!
The southern end of Daedalus fronts onto the Solent and has direct access to a marine slipway that is used by existing occupiers for alternative connectivity along the coast. This will be of particular interest to those in the marine sector and those that use the sea to transport raw materials and finished products. Hovertravel also use the slipway for excursions to the Isle of Wight and scenic flights around the Solent.
The Solent LEP utilised £8m from the Solent Growing Places Fund to lever an infrastructure package valued at over £15m, with additional investment secured from Hampshire County Council and the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to bring about this major regeneration of an ex-military airfield covering 200 hectares into productive use.
In addition, Solent LEP secured £7m of Government grant to invest in upgrading the main access road through the Enterprise Zone and to reinforce the site infrastructure for access to a new development area in Gosport.
In addition to these investments and grant funding towards local road schemes to help accessibility to the site, Solent LEP has also grant funded a number of SMEs on site with over £1.7m of funds.
With Daedalus identified in its Local Plan as the most important site for employment, since 2015 Fareham Borough Council has invested around £28M in infrastructure to support the site. Of this, around £9.5M has been in the form of grant funding, with the remainder funded from the Council’s reserves, prudential borrowing and a £3.2M Growing Places Loan from Hampshire County Council.
The resulting new infrastructure includes:
Comprising approximately 18 hectares (45 acres), the Daedalus Waterfront site lies to the south of the site and enjoys a seaside location facing the beach at Lee-On-The Solent.
As with the rest of the Solent Enterprise Zone the Daedalus Waterfront site is ideally suited for engineering and manufacturing businesses. With direct access to a marine slipway into the Solent, it should be of particular interest to businesses in the marine sector and those that use the sea to transport raw materials and finished products.
The ongoing vision for Daedalus Waterfront is to provide even more employment space, while bringing the waterfront heritage buildings back into use. This will provide further opportunities for businesses to relocate on this part of the Solent Enterprise Zone, potentially into historic buildings with outstanding architectural quality.
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