Bicester Heritage seeks 50 tenants

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The operators of a new business park in Bicester are looking to attract up to 50 tenants, South East Business Insider has learned.

It comes after Bicester Heritage was given the go-ahead to convert the former RAF Bicester airfield in Oxfordshire into a hub for companies specialising in historic motoring and aviation.

And speaking exclusively to Insider, Bicester Heritage’s managing director Daniel Geoghegan revealed his hopes that “40 to 50 businesses” would occupy the site, including a mix of small and large enterprises.

“We are trying to ensure the developments are complementary,” he said.

RAF Bicester contains more than 50 buildings with a combined area of approximately 350,000 sq ft, as well as a grass airfield.

The site, which was home to RAF Bomber Command in World War II, has been disused since 2004.

“It’s a bit of a time capsule,” Geoghegan said. “We want to create the UK’s first business resource dedicated to heritage and motoring.

“We envisage a community of artisans and specialist engineering shops servicing the sector.”

Bicester Heritage has a five-year development plan for the site, and discussions are currently underway with a number of prospective tenants.

The first companies are expected to start trading before the end of the year.