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PR Cardington Hanger no.1

 

The new owners of the Cardington Hangar No.1, Pat Tattan, Managing Director of Fosbern Hangars Ltd. and Michael J. Shanley, Chairman of Fosbern Manufacturing Ltd, met the Mayor, Dave Hodgson, and Bedford Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Philip Simpkins, on Tuesday 23rd March, as they showed them around their new property and talked about their possible plans for the future of the Hangar and circa. 500 residential dwellings.

PR Cardington Hanger

Former Airship Hangar No.1 is an exceptional space of approximately 20,000 m ² of floor area (and nearly 50m height). Each of the Hanger’s doors weighs a staggering 470 tonnes. It is also a listed building currently awaiting restoration through a proposed agreement associated with an adjoining housing development.

It has been used recently for airship development work and music rehearsal space while the neighbouring Hangar No.2 has been used as a film studio by Warner Bros for a number of blockbuster films.

Hangar No.1 is one of over 20 strategic business sites available in and around Bedford, and on Wednesday 31st March, the ‘Strategic Sites for Business’ prospectus will be launched in London. The event will provide property investors and developers with an opportunity to hear Bedford’s case and the potential the Borough offers for business growth.

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The sale of Cardington Hangar No 1. signifies an exciting future for the site. It is also good news for economic growth in the Borough. By promoting the Borough as a great location for business, including through the new ‘Strategic Sites for Business’ document, we hope to see many more good news stories for the local economy in the near future.”

The town centre is also undergoing a massive renaissance with a number of large scale ‘quarter’ developments. The award winning Castle Quay development is complete and almost fully occupied. Major road improvements are also under construction, including dualling of the A421 link to the M1 motorway and the Bedford Western Bypass, and Bedford’s growth in jobs rate has been significantly ahead of regional and national rates.

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