Bicester Motion has renewed its commitment to the continuation of flight from the historic Oxfordshire airfield.
Following the successful preservation of the former RAF Bicester’s Technical Site through an intensive six-year regeneration as Bicester Heritage, the UK’s Centre of Excellence for historic motoring, Bicester Motion is now exploring ways in which to promote the sustainability of the airfield which has been active since 1917.
Its plans support continued gliding alongside increased historic-powered flight, while exploring the introduction of aviation technology, skills, volunteer and training opportunities.
The plans integrate with Bicester Motion’s vision for a sustainable future for the entire 425-acre site, with an ambition to become Britain’s first immersive experiential resort with dynamic activity, technology and mobility at its core.
Daniel Geoghegan, Chief Executive of Bicester Motion, said: “Since the departure of the RAF in 1976, the airfield has not been immune from the deterioration and viability issues that have blighted similar sites across the UK. Our plan is to formulate a sustainable approach to enable it to be a positive presence in the flying world.
“Once home to a number of significant aircraft, including Blenheims and Spitfires, our aim is for our airfield to once again play its role at the heart of the British aviation community and, ideally, help preserve the skills and training required to maintain these wonderful machines for many generations to come.”
Bicester Motion is a unique 425 acre resort which aims to offer leisure, culture and tourism experiences within one magnificent destination.
Consisting of multiple zones, the Bicester Motion concept comprises of a recently announced 344 room hotel and conference development (which received unanimous planning approval from Cherwell District Council at the end of 2018), and an additional 770,000 ft of operational business and leisure space site wide.
As a unique, holistic experience, Bicester Motion seeks to become a UK top 20 tourist attraction that offers a destination for one million tourists many of whom already visit Bicester on day trips, and a further 30+ businesses providing over 2000 skilled jobs to the area. Embracing the location’s inherent history and existing business success, Bicester Motion will provide world class leisure facilities, employment and business opportunities at a leading automotive focused development unlike any other.