Brown & Co announce approval for new development at village near Bedford

The move will bring 20 new jobs to the area

Brown & Co have announced their success in achieving approval for a new development of a new aircraft maintenance hangar on behalf of long standing clients Little Staughton Airfield and Industrial Park and IAE, near Bedford.

The Aviation Maintenance Organisation is currently based at Cranfield in Bedfordshire.

Designed by the Brown & Co architectural team, this hangar will be IAE's new premises, following their relocation from Cranfield, where they plan to expand their operation.

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The new premises will enable the business to expand on the first class work they have been providing to clients for over a decade.

For Brown & Co, this project is a continuation of the architectural work that Alex Darby, Architect at Brown & Co, has completed with local and regional aviation businesses and forms an important part of the local economy.

Simon Tindle, Divisional Partner at Brown & Co, lead the planning consultancy work and delivered the approval with Huntingdonshire District Council at the first virtual planning meeting held by Huntingdon District Council, an innovative response to the current health crisis.

Alex Darby said: “Being able to deliver a successful planning approval in a tight timeframe, with Simon leading on planning, was critical to the long-term success of the project for our


"We have been able to utilise our knowledge of the local planning market, expertise in planning policy and experience in delivering fast track commercial building construction, to secure the future of this business.”

Andy Baker, Managing Director of IAE said: “IAE formed in 1997 and was bought out by myself and Garry Joyce in 2006. Our company has continued to grow into one of the leading aviation maintenance companies in the UK.

"We’re very much looking forward to advancing IAE further with this move to Little Staughton and in doing this are happy to be able to bring 20 new jobs to the area.”

This development project is expected to be completed, in late 2020/early 2021 with the new site planning to employ 20 people.