ATDI is celebrating a decade in offices with a unique aviation history.
The company now works from The Beehive, the original terminal building of Gatwick Airport in Sussex.
Built in an art deco style in 1936, it was the world’s first fully integrated airport building. It owes is unique round shape to the first owner of Gatwick Aerodrome (as was), Morris Jackaman. Jackaman submitted a patent for a circular building in 1934, claiming the shape made efficient use of space and created greater safety during aircraft movements.
As Gatwick Airport expanded, The Beehive became obsolete as an aviation building in the 1950s and had a chequered history until becoming offices in 2008, gaining the name by which it is now known.
ATDI office manager Jodie Forrest, who has lived within walking distance of The Beehive all her life, says: “To me, this is one of the most atmospheric and beautiful office buildings in the world. When you arrive in the mornings, it’s very easy to imagine all the 1930s opulence and people arriving in a state of excitement about going to get their flights. I think it’s all the original features here that help create that, but whatever it is this place definitely has an aura about it.”
Company managing director Gilles Missed adds: “When we were looking for new premises, we wanted somewhere that was efficient and pleasant to work in and which had excellent transport links. The trains, planes and motorway just outside our front door cover that, so the beauty and history of this building was just a bonus – but what a bonus.”