The national developer was joined by Homes England, housing provider Radian, the local MP and Council Leader, and dozens of members of the local community in Lee-on-the-Solent to commemorate the occasion with a time capsule burial.
The site is one of five national pilots for the Accelerated Construction Model, a Homes England initiative which is designed to enable the Government to fast-track the building of homes on publicly owned land and diversify housing delivery.
Wates Residential was chosen by Homes England last year to act as the trusted delivery partner for the project, which will deliver the homes at double the pace of the industry standard with completion expected in late 2020.
The developers plans will provide a mix of housing, with 120 private homes and 80 shared ownership homes set to be built. Radian is responsible for managing the shared ownership properties on the site.
The scheme will help breathe life back into the historic site, which was once a Royal Navy Air Station. It will dramatically increase the number of new homes available, as well as boosting the local economy through the appointment of local suppliers and creation of training and educational opportunities for residents. This includes 10 apprenticeships, work experience placements for local students and courses aimed at unemployed adults.
The Daedalus project received unanimous support from borough council planning bosses and was approved by Gosport Borough Councils Regulatory Board at a meeting in May.
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The time capsule burial saw more than 35 people come together to celebrate the past, present and future of the site, which originally served as a seaplane base during the First World War and later became the main training and administrative centre of the Fleet Air Arm.
Paul Nicholls, the Managing Director of Wates Residential South, was joined by Jeremy Herring, Senior Development Manager at Homes England, and James Pennington, the Executive Director of Development at Radian.
Caroline Dinenage, the MP for Gosport, also attended, alongside Gosport Borough Council Leader, Cllr Mark Hook, three local councillors and members of the Lee Residents Association.
Pupils from the local school helped to bury the time capsule, while veterans who had once worked on the site shared their memories.
Submissions for the time capsule included family photographs from two veterans who met while working at Daedalus and went on to get married, a fidget spinner, a lunch menu from the local school, several newsletters, a Wates Residential team photo and a blueprint of the site. The Hovercraft Museum in Lee-on-the-Solent will be responsible for digging up the capsule in 2043.
We are very proud to have started work on the Daedalus Village site, which has a rich history and a very promising future, and are pleased that so many people from the local community joined us to celebrate this significant moment with a time capsule burial.
Through our work, we will not only deliver 200 new high quality homes but will also increase opportunities in the area through our investment in education, training and skills.
Paul Nicholls, Managing Director of Wates Residential South
As the governments housing accelerator, we welcome partners who share our ambition to build better homes faster. Wates pledge to deliver homes at pace on the Daedalus site shows their commitment to investing in communities and employment as well as creating the homes people need. We look forward to seeing the site progress.
Stephen Kinsella, Executive Director for Land at Homes England
Were delighted to be working in partnership with Wates and Homes England to deliver the homes needed for local people and to create a vibrant and healthy community.
James Pennington, Executive Director of Development at Radian