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Design model for the terminal building (known as the Beehive), Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, by Alan Marlow of Hoar, Marlow & Lovett.

Date of creation:


Extent and basic medium:

1 model

Name of creator(s):

Marlow, Alan (architect and model-maker).

Administrative / contextual / biographical history:

Alan Marlow joined Hoar & Lovett to produce the completed designs for Gatwick. Marlow worked on many of the drawings and the model as the building was being constructed. The opening ceremony took place on 6 June 1936.

Provenance / archival ownership history:

Presented on long-term loan to RIBA by Jane Marlow, 2004.

Immediate source of acquisition:

On loan

Conditions governing access:

On display in Architecture Gallery, V&A. Part of permanent display.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright RIBA Collections.

Materials, physical characteristics and technical requirements:

Painted card, perspex and wood. H.200 x diameter 1060 mm.

Finding aids available:

RIBA Library catalogue –

Bibliographic note:

John King, ‘Gatwick: The evolution of an airport’, 1986; John John King, ‘Gatwick’s Beehive: a forgotten development’ in ‘The Thirties Society Journal’ II, 1982, pp. 25-28.

Cataloguing rules or conventions followed:


Exhibition / display history:

On continuous display in the Architecture Gallery, V&A since November 2004.

Subjects (Getty Art & Arch Thesaurus):

Airports / Transport centres; Great Britain; England; West Sussex; Gatwick Airport; Beehive terminal building


Gatwick, Crawley, West Sussex, UK.


Alan Marlow (1907-2001), Frank Hoar (1909-1976), William Lovett.