Nexus Training and Production

Surrey County Council

  • Client

    Surrey County Council

  • Contractor

  • Value


  • Completion Date

    February 2019

HGP Architects

Civil Engineer
Lyons O’Neill

The Challenge

As part of its global expansion, L3 commissioned a new £40m training and production facility on a site owned by Surrey County Council just a few miles from Gatwick Airport. The Nexus Training and Production Facility is critical for the UK’s aviation industry, as it will attract huge amounts of inward investment.

Engineering solutions were required due to the ground contamination and temporary works were needed on the existing retaining wall which made meeting the programme end date a challenge.

The Solution

Willmott Dixon deployed a team of commercial building specialists to create the exact conditions needed for the fixed-based simulators as well as briefing rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms and a restaurant.

To meet the challenge of having a fully operational facility by summer 2019 an experienced management team were on hand to ensure any requests for changes were accommodated and fitted into a complex building schedule, making sure the 60,000 square foot facility came in on schedule.

The Results

The project involves creating two rather special buildings. The first is a global centre for excellence in airline training and houses eight flight simulators, each costing £12m. It also includes a number of fixed-based simulators plus briefing rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms and a restaurant.

The second building, opposite, is a similarly sized facility to manufacture 30 simulators a year and be a base for more than 300 employees.




SME Spend


Added Value


Client Satisfaction

Client Testimonials

“We’re proud of our legacy  in Sussex with completing Nexus on time and on budget helping L3 realise its growth in the Gatwick area, as well as provide opportunities to help attract and retain the next generation of workers in the county.”

Contractor Performance | Commitments




Waste diverted from landfill: 99%

Solar power was used to power temporary site accommodation


Zero Harm


Shortlisted for LABC awards 2020

Safety tours undertaken on for local school children


Handover and aftercare process followed

SCF Framework Manager

Kingsley Clarke


Phone: 07805760622

Contractor Framework Manager

Guy Dawes


Phone: 07989179444