We're big fans of Bicester Heritage here at PH - who isn't? Since opening in 2013 the unique site has grown to employ hundreds and turn over more than £30m a year. It hosted one of our best ever Sunday Services at last summer's Flywheel/Classic & Sports Car show and is hosting our first event of next year too, at the Bicester Heritage Scramble.
There's just one problem, though: it's full. The historic buildings and hangars of the former WW2 RAF base are now at capacity, taken up by the 40 specialist companies which call the site home. Luckily the 425-acres on which Bicester Heritage sits provide plenty of room to grow, and that's exactly what it intends to do.
Plans have been announced to construct 70,000 square feet of brand new buildings, expanding the capacity of the enterprise and sating an "exceptional demand for showroom, workshop, office and apprenticeship facilities" in the process. The new 'Technical Site' has been unanimously approved by Cherwell District Council's planning committee, meaning the eight new buildings can now join the 344-bedroom hotel, conference and leisure centre which have already been approved.
Speaking of the developments Dan Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage, said, "We have been at capacity for some time and are very much looking forward to being able to welcome businesses wishing to benefit from the 'Bicester Heritage effect', providing business synergies as well as a modern-day quality experience that enthusiasts and their families demand."
"With the impressive growth of a number of existing specialists here, we expect the units to cater for their expansion, whilst also being able to welcome a new cadre of class leading companies. An additional 10 businesses are expected once works are completed."
Sounds like good news to us!