A J Walter Aviation unveils new Gatwick HQ
During a ceremony that marked 80 years in aviation, A J Walter president, Christopher Whiteside formally opened his company’s new corporate headquarters alongside his father, Angus Whiteside, who was managing director from 1966 – 2004.
In front of more than 200 invited guests comprised of international airlines, manufacturers, suppliers to the aviation industry, contractors, architects and designers, Christopher Whiteside introduced a specially commissioned film.
Angus Whiteside officially unveiled the commemorative plaque and the whole occasion was summarised by Christopher: “As a global aviation business now celebrating our 80th year, we have established a reputation for delivering exemplary service and going the extra mile. It is this philosophy that has supported the team responsible for the creation of our new headquarters. Their commitment, enthusiasm and pride in the AJW brand has culminated in this exceptional achievement which not only stands out as a significant construction project in its own right, but also symbolises the importance we place on our workforce of talented young people.”
“As one of West Sussex’s largest employers we wanted to make a quantum leap forwards in the provision of exceptional high-tech facilities that will support the future development of the business, but just as important is the working ambience to sustain the entrepreneurial spirit of our staff. I believe we have achieved that, and whatever the future holds for AJW, we are ready.”
The use of technology has been maximised throughout the premises to create an energy saving and green workplace. From the world-wide phone system that avoids roaming charges, to paper-less offices served by smart printers instructed via smart phones or iPads, to automatic movement sensitive LED lighting – efficiency and room for future expansion have been the watchwords behind the development. The temperature controlled warehouse has racking that can be expanded to an area of 161,539 sq. ft. – considerably bigger that the new three bay hangar at Farnborough Airport – solar panels will provide 7,772.61kWh of energy annually, and rainwater is harvested in massive underground tanks to provide useful grey water.
The rural location creates an outstanding backdrop for the eye-catching design and provides a campus-style office environment for AJW’s staff, some of whom are present on site 24/7 to manage the Company’s award winning AOG service for aircraft spare parts. A restaurant, gym, and club room, plus refreshment break-out and meeting areas on all floors, promote well-being and provide opportunities for conversation and exchange of ideas.
Photograph: Angus Whiteside (left) and Christopher Whiteside, president, A J Walter (right)