NATS provide air traffic control services at 15 of the UK's biggest airports and on route air traffic services for aircraft flying throughout UK airspace. This year they will handle more than a million flights carrying over 220m passengers.
The company's rationalisation programme under its accommodation strategy included moving from a number of properties to a new combined headquarters and technical centre to be located within 10 miles of its control centre at Swanwick near Fareham. In summary NATS were seeking up to 160,000 sq ft of office space, to pre-let an initial 100,000 sq ft in two buildings and obtain options on a further 60,000 sq ft, split between two further buildings.
The Goodman Solution
In competition with three other sites, including one at Solent Business Park, Goodman were selected by NATS to deliver a campus facility.
A masterplan was created and evolved considerably from the initial brief to provide five buildings, each ranging between 36,000 sq ft and 70,000 sq ft (net) all designed to be linked. They also required an interim facility of 50,000 sq ft which was constructed at the Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick. Construction of Phase 1, totalling 130,800 sq ft in three buildings was completed in August 2004. The options for a further 60,000 sq ft was brought forward and more than doubled in size and Phase 2, comprising two buildings totalling 130,400 sq ft, was completed in February 2006.
NATS are now the largest single occupier at Solent Business Park. Their headquarters also won Office Transaction of the Year, Outside London at the Office Development Awards 2003.