Primary school pupils win in Daedalus naming competition | Wates

New roads and apartment buildings in Daedalus will be named after Second World War aircraft and dive bomber planes after primary school pupils won a competition organised by Wates Residential.

Pupils from Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School and members of the Gosport Aviation Society and Lee Residents Association put forward more than 50 names after a competition to name some of the roads and buildings on the Daedalus Village scheme was launched by the national developer in February.

Wates Residential was chosen by Homes England the Governments housing delivery agency last year to act as the trusted delivery partner for the scheme. The project will dramatically increase the number of new, high quality homes available in Gosport, with 120 private homes and 80 shared ownership homes being built at double the pace of the industry standard. The shared ownership homes will be managed by Radian.

The winning names, which were chosen by Gosport Council, include:

Hurricane Court submitted by Katie, Year 4
Lysander Court submitted by Matthew, Year 3
Barracuda Court submitted by Austin, Year 4
Seahawk Court submitted by Edward, Year 6
Seafox Court submitted Macauley, Year 5

The names pay homage to a number of airplane types, most of which were once stationed at the Daedalus base. Fairey Barracuda was a nimble dive bomber used to attack enemy battleships, it was first used by the Royal Air Force in 1943 and models were stationed in Gosport from 1944 to 1945. The Hurricane was a celebrated British single-seat fighter aircraft that took part in all major World War Two battles.

Meanwhile, other new road names include Courageous Road, Argus Road and Vengeance Road.

Amongst the names shortlisted was Courtship Lane, which was submitted by Year 6 pupil, Olivia. Her grandparents, James and Patricia, met and courted whilst serving on the base. James was deployed to fight in the War, but survived a sniper attack to return to the local area and marry Patricia.

The competition is just one of the ways that Wates Residential is ensuring the history of Daedalus is not lost and is passed to future generations.

Daedalus originally served as a seaplane base in 1917 during the First World War and later became the main training establishment and administrative centre of the Fleet Air Arm. During the Second World War a number of Naval Air Squadrons were posted to the base. Following its decommissioning in 1996, the site fell into disrepair and was subsequently acquired by Homes England.

The road naming competition comes after a time capsule was buried by Wates Residential and members of the local community to mark the start of work in November 2018.

The capsule, which will remain underground until 2043, included family photographs from two veterans who met while working at Daedalus and went on to get married, a fidget spinner, examples of current Maths and English books, a Wates Residential team photograph and a blueprint of the site.

Richard Manville, Construction Manager at Wates Residential, said:

Well done to everyone who got involved in the competition and congratulations to those whose entries were shortlisted.


The names submitted in the competition mean that the Daedalus Village development will keep the rich history of the area alive for generations to come.

Darren Nickerson, Headteacher at Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School, said:

“This was a great way for our children to learn more about the history of the local area. It is very exciting that in years to come they will be able to take future generations to see the places that they helped to name.”

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