City Place Gatwick

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The Beehive, one of four buildings at City Place Gatwick

City Place Gatwick is an office complex located on the property of London Gatwick Airport in Crawley, West Sussex, England.[1] The complex includes four buildings: The Beehive, an approximately 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) former terminal building at Gatwick Airport located on a 2.0-acre (0.81 ha) site; 1 City Place a 131,500-square-foot (12,220 m2) facility on a 4.2-acre (1.7 ha) site, 2 City Place, a 85,000-square-foot (7,900 m2) building on a 1.9 acres (0.77 ha) plot, and 3 City Place, a 65,000-square-foot (6,000 m2) building on a 1.06-acre (0.43 ha) plot.[2] Hamiltons Architects designed the "L" shaped 3 City Place.[3]

BT Wholesale formerly had an office at 1 City Place.[4] BDO International has an office at 2 City Place.[5] Beehive City Place previously housed the head offices of GB Airways, which had its head office in the Beehive,[6] and CP Ships, which had its head office in 2 City Place.[7]

In 2012, Nestlé UK announced they would be moving their head office from St George's House Croydon to the former BT building at 1 City Place.[8]


City Place was developed by BAA Lynton.[9] In March 2000,[10] BT Group pre-let 14,000 square metres (150,000 sq ft) of space at City Place, which at the time had 46,500 square metres (501,000 sq ft) of available space; it was a part of an effort by BT to move employees from Central London to locations along the M25 motorway.[9] The BT 15-year lease had an initial rent of £242 per square metre. BT had an option to use an additional 10,200 square metres (110,000 sq ft) once the space became available. Construction at 1 City Place was completed in May 2002, and BT planned to occupy the building at the end of 2002.[10] In October 2002 BAA Lynton announced that it was selling 1 City Place, which was valued at £41.7 million. The real estate arm of Gulf Atlantic bought 1 City Place.[10] BAA received 14 million pounds from the sale of 1 City Place Gatwick and Heathrow South Cargo Centre 1.[11]

2 City Place was forward funded by the Co-operative Insurance Society.[10] BAA Lynton was building phase two of 2 City Place as of November 2001.[12]

The owners of the Beehive leased the building to GB Airways, and later sold it to the airline.[10] When Easyjet announced its purchase of most of GB Airways's assets in 2007, The Beehive was not included. The employment base at The Beehive closed, with 284 job losses.[13]

In 2003 CP Ships moved its European HQ in to 2 City Place.[citation needed] In 2004 it announced that it would move its head office from Trafalgar Square, City of Westminster to Gatwick.[14] After Hapag-Lloyd acquired CP Ships, in 2006 Hapag-Lloyd announced it would cut 500 positions at Gatwick.[15] In 2007 BDO International announced that it was moving an office to Gatwick from Bromley, London Borough of Bromley. BDO leased the entire 21,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) second floor of its new building.[16] After the purchase by easyJet occurred in January 2008, the building was retained by GB's former parent company, Bland Group.[17]

Construction on a £10.2 million, four storey office building at CityPlace was completed in September 2008.[18]

Former tenants[edit]

A number of airlines have had offices at the Beehive, including BEA/British Airways Helicopters,[19][20] Jersey Airlines, Caledonian Airways, Virgin Atlantic and GB Airways.[21][22][23][24] Other airlines which had headquarters on airport property (including office buildings on the site of, or adjacent to, the original 1930s airport) include British Caledonian,[25][26] British United Airways,[27] CityFlyer Express,[28] Laker Airways[29] and Tradewinds Airways.[30][31]


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  2. ^ "Master Plan." City Place Gatwick. Retrieved on 12 February 2011.
  3. ^ "3 City Place, Gatwick." English Architectural Glazing. Retrieved on 13 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Visiting City Place." BT Wholesale. Retrieved on 12 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Gatwick." BDO International. Retrieved on 12 February 2011.
  6. ^ "The Beehive." GB Airways. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  7. ^ "Contact Us." CP Ships. 4 November 2005. Retrieved on 12 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Nestlé moves to Gatwick. Nestlé. 5 January 2012. Retrieved on 4 March 2012.
  9. ^ a b "MEPC lands BT Workstyle pre-let at aerodrome." Property Week. 17 March 2000. Retrieved on 12 February 2011. "Signing the pre-let caps a busy week for BT. It has also pre-let 14,000 sq m (150,000 sq ft) at BAA Lynton’s 46,500 sq m (500,000 sq ft) City Place scheme at Gatwick. Both locations are part of BT’s Workstyle programme to move staff out of central London to M25 locations."
  10. ^ a b c d e Mackenzie, Polly. "BAA Lynton continues non-core disposals." Property Week. 10 October 2002. Retrieved on 12 February 2011.
  11. ^ "BAA Results for the Year to 31 March 2003." PR Newswire. 3 June 2003. Retrieved on 13 February 2011.
  12. ^ Godfrey, Adam. "Crawley & Gatwick offices: Crawley's flying low." Property Week. 16 November 2001. Retrieved on 12 February 2011. "BAA Lynton is building phase two of City Place, a 7,895 sq m (85,000 sq ft) building adjoining the 13,005 sq m (140,000 sq ft) BT prelet."
  13. ^ "GB's slim profits hastened sale." Travel Trade Gazette UK & Ireland. 2 November 2007. 4 News. Retrieved on 2 March 2011.
  14. ^ "CP Ships announces succession plan." Marine Log Magazine. 17 February 2004. Retrieved on 12 February 2011.
  15. ^ "Hapag-Lloyd cutting 44% of its jobs." The New York Times. Wednesday 19 April 2006. Retrieved on 12 February 2011.
  16. ^ Sukhraj, Penny. "BDO Bromley moves to Gatwick." Accountancy Age. 29 January 2007. Retrieved on 12 February 2011.
  17. ^ "£103.5m sale of GB Airways to easyJet completed". Nyras Capital website. Nyras Capital LLP. 2008-01-31. Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  18. ^ "City Place, Gatwick." Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd. Retrieved on 13 February 2011.
  19. ^ "BAH is moving ... to Aberdeen, Rotary Briefs, Business Aviation". Flight International. 2 March 1985. p. 12. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  20. ^ Classic Aircraft (Gone but not forgotten ... BEA and BA Helicopters), Vol. 44, No. 12, p. 69, Ian Allan Publishing, Hersham, December 2011
  21. ^ "The Beehive." GB Airways. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  22. ^ "British Caledonian – A Tribute: The Crewroom Notices". 2 June 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Air Commerce ..., Up to date with Caledonian". Flight International: 121. 25 January 1962. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  24. ^ "World Airline Directory, British Atlantic Airways". Flight International: 826. 31 March 1984. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  25. ^ "Caledonian Takes Over B.U.A. for £7m." Evening Times. Wednesday 21 October 1970. Page 14. Retrieved from Google News on 13 February 2011.
  26. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 18 May 1972. Supplement 18. "Head Office: Gatwick Airport, Horley, Surrey, England."
  27. ^ "Air Transport ..., BUA retrenches". Flight International: 1058. 28 December 1967. 
  28. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 24–30 March 1999. 64. "Iain Stewart Centre, Beehive Ring Road, Gatwick Airport, Gatwick, West Sussex, RH6 OPB, UK"
  29. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 16 May 1981. 1445. "Head Office: London Gatwick Airport, Horley, Surrey, UK."
  30. ^ "World Airline Survey ...". Flight International: 564. 10 April 1969.  "Head Office: Gatwick Airport, Horley. Surrey."
  31. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. 20 March 1975. "505. "Head Office: Gatwick Airport, Horley, Surrey."

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Coordinates: 51°08′42″N 0°09′47″W / 51.145°N 0.163°W / 51.145; -0.163