Robert Hitchins completes new office space for AirTanker Services

Air Tanker Oxfordshire

Developer Robert Hitchins Ltd has completed the new purpose-built office for AirTanker in Oxfordshire.

The new multi-million pound development in Carterton comprises 20,086 sq ft of office space and a 22,000 sq ft decked car park for 172 vehicles which was specifically designed to accommodate AirTanker’s current needs and future growth.

Robert Hitchins worked closely with AirTanker to source the opportunity to buy the land in Carterton and obtained planning permission from West Oxfordshire District Council for a building suited to AirTanker’s needs.

Both companies worked together through the construction stage which began in 2017.

AirTanker, a major employer in Oxfordshire, is now leasing the new facility from RHL on a 15-year term.

The company delivers aircraft, infrastructure, service, training and expertise in support of Voyager, the RAF’s new generation multi-role tanker transport aircraft (MRTT), the UK Armed Forces and their global partners.

The new state-of-the-art office space enables the company to integrate staff from several locations, and will also accommodate the growth that the business has seen since its establishment at RAF Brize Norton.

Senior Development Manager for Robert Hitchins, Michael Plimmer, said: “Robert Hitchins Ltd has a good track record of delivering the complete development solution to occupiers.

“We worked alongside AirTanker right from the start: secured their ideal site, obtained planning consent, found the right architects, and directed construction through to completion. It’s great to see the project finished and the building occupied.”

AirTanker is a consortium made up of leading aerospace, defence and facilities management specialists: Babcock, Cobham, Airbus Group, Rolls-Royce and Thales.

Awarded the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) contract for RAF Voyager by the MOD in 2008, AirTanker is responsible for aircraft delivery and everything that goes into Voyager’s safe and reliable operation.

Robert Hitchins, based at Boddington, Gloucestershire, is one of the leading property developers and investors in the South West and South Wales. It deals with the full development process from site acquisition and planning through to development and investment.