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The Beehive (Former Combined Terminal and Control Tower)

A Grade II* Listed Building in Northgate, West Sussex

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Latitude: 51.1443 / 51°8'39"N

Longitude: -0.1633 / 0°9'47"W

OS Eastings: 528577

OS Northings: 139938

OS Grid: TQ285399

Mapcode National: GBR JK7.1KJ

Mapcode Global: VHGSQ.4H1N

Plus Code: 9C3X4RVP+PM

Entry Name: The Beehive (Former Combined Terminal and Control Tower)

Listing Date: 19 August 1996

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1268327

English Heritage Legacy ID: 461938

Location: Crawley, West Sussex, RH10

County: West Sussex

Electoral Ward/Division: Northgate

Built-Up Area: Crawley

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Crawley St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Listing Text

TQ 23 NE

Gatwick Airport
The Beehive (Former Combined Terminal and Control Tower)

Former airport combined terminal and control tower, now staff rest rooms and offices. 1934-36. By Hoar, Marlow and Lovett for Morris Jackaman. Reinforced concrete, steel frame and brick infill. Circular plan with concentric circles of rooms and corridor. One, two and three storeys.

EXTERIOR: outer single-storey section has doorways and mainly four-light windows at intervals. Behind rises the first floor with windows at various intervals and a section of continuous glazing. Above in the centre is the former control tower with glazing all round at 60 degrees to the floor.

INTERIOR: surrounding the central drum, which originally held the control tower, meteorological offices, post office and shop; is the two-storey corridor for passenger circulation and handling of baggage, as well as the double staircase. On the outer side the first floor had the restaurant with offices below. From the central corridor passengers arrived and left through six telescopic corridors (no longer surviving) which were extended on rails to the aircraft steps.

The Beehive is important not only in the history of British aviation but also in terms of world airport design. It is a rare example of how airport owners and architects collaborated to put passenger comfort as a top consideration when designing a terminal building.

Listing NGR: TQ2857739938

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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