London/Gatwick’s original terminal building, universally nicknamed the Beehive due to its distinctive shape, is now being offered as rented office space.
Serviced office provider Orega has signed up three tenants to its new business centre, close to the airport’s existing South Terminal, within a month of opening.
IT services company Logica, Norwegian-based virtual training firm It’s Learning and Polarcus, a Dubai-based operation specialising in vessels for the oil and gas industry, have all taken workspace in the iconic art deco building.
The location of The Beehive, less than a mile from the airport, was a key factor for both It’s Learning and Polarcus, which have established their UK head office in the 22,000 sq ft (2,034m2) building.
For Logica, BT’s presence in nearby offices featured strongly in its decision to take accommodation in The Beehive as BT has a seven-year network services contract with Logica.
The Beehive, built in 1936, is owned by the Bland Group, which spent £1.2m (US$1.9m) on refurbishing it and teamed up with Orega under a joint venture management agreement. The two-storey building on Beehive Ring Road now offers flexible, modern offices with leading-edge IT and telecoms technology, fully-equipped conference and meeting rooms and 128 parking spaces. The contemporary interior styling is said to complement the building’s many original features.