CASE STUDY: Daedalus Village, Gosport | Wates

New 200 home seafront home development on preserved historic military complex.

Wates Residential and Homes England joined forces in 2018 to develop 200 new homes at the historic location of Daedalus, the former Royal Naval Air Station at Lee-on-the-Solent.

Daedalus Village will see Wates directly invest £25m into regenerating the site, dramatically increasing the number of new homes available in Gosport.

The project is expected to complete in spring 2021 and  will deliver new homes for both affordable rent and open market sale.


New homes
Project investment in region
Homes allocated as shared ownership housing
  • The 200 properties will consist of 120 private homes and 80 shared ownership homes.
  • Wates appointed JTP, architects and master planners, to develop a vision for the area.
  • The design of the new homes celebrates the area’s rich heritage by using traditional brick facades and tiled roofs, with a network of green spaces and play areas also being created.
  • The new homes are split equally across two parcels: East and West which collectively measure approximately 5.56 ha of land
  • The first residents moved into their new homes in December 2019, following the completion of the first homes in April of the same year.
  • All shared ownership homes were reserved within the first week of launching and, by October 2020, over 50 per cent of the private homes were either reserved or home to a new family.

Community Investment

  • Wates Residential donated £500 to a local charity start-up, Women 4 Women to encourage greater community cohesion and reduce loneliness
  • Gosport Primary School pupils took part in a competition to put forward names for the roads and apartment blocks at Daedalus Village that reflect its historic and military past
  • Wates Residential invested over £12m in local businesses in and around Gosport in its first year on site
  • 98 local people have been employed on site including five people recruited directly from our free two week ‘Building Futures’ employability and construction skills course
  • Over £18 million has been spent with local small businesses
  • Over £70,000 has been invested in local charities, including a grant from Wates Giving, the charitable arm of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust for over £15,000 to support the work of Age Concern Gosport and Gosport Voluntary Action
  • Wates Residential employees have volunteered their time to pick litter, serve Christmas lunches to isolated residents and support the D Day celebration event and Gosport Marine Festival

Throughout the CoVid-19 lockdown, Wates Residential’s site team at Daedalus Village delivered a series of virtual site tours to support the home learning of local school and college students.

Phase 2 of the Daedalus Village project secured planning approval in October 2020 and is expected to start on site later this year. This will see two derelict military buildings be brought back to life to provide a further 14 apartments, and 6 townhouses for local people.

Related case studies