Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, visited Daedalus yesterday to see the latest progress at the site including the Daedalus Park business estate and the brand new Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC).
Since gaining Enterprise Zone status in 2011, over £52 million public money has been invested to realise the potential of this disused military site, already creating hundreds of jobs and training opportunities and attracted £100's of millions of private investment.
Daedalus Park opened in July 2017 all bar one of the 30 industrial units are now occupied, largely by aviation, engineering or manufacturing businesses. In February a £6.6m extension to the Business Innovation Centre was announced, creating 33 new office units and five new workshops - as well as 300 new jobs. Work will be completed in the spring.
Earlier this year a group of construction employers from our region (Solent Civil Engineering Employers' Group) in partnership with Fareham College opened CTEC the Civil Engineering Training Centre offering intensive 20 week construction and groundwork apprenticeships.
Commenting on the visit Caroline said:
"It was great to see the recent developments at the Daedalus Site and to meet the first intake of apprentices at the Civil Engineering Training Centre. The site is set to create even more jobs, allowing more people to work locally and taking cars off the road at peak times.
I firmly believe that the success of Daedalus is crucial to the future of our local economy. There is still much more to be done to see the site reach its full potential including the redevelopment of the waterfront part of the site."