In 2017 we outgrew our previous office based in Harlow and relocated to our current workplace in North Weald Bassett in the Epping district of Essex which is located in the industrial area of North Weald Airfield.
North Weald Airfield was formerly known as RAF North Weald, and is most famously recognised for its service during the Battle of Britain in WW1. The airfield was first opened in the summer of 1916 – later becoming Royal Air Force North Weald Airfield in 1918. As well as its duties in WW1, the airbase also played an important role in the air defence strategy of the UK in WW2. This century-old airfield is no longer the fighter station it used to be – but is still active for both aviation and non-aviation activities.
Now being owned and operated by the Epping Forest District Council, North Weald Airfield is now the place of operation for the Essex Emergency Services and the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. Visitors of the airfield may also witness classic aircrafts such as the Spitfire, Invader and Mustang – as they land and take-off of the runway.
Aside from the loud and emphatic planes, the airfield hosts a range of sporting and leisure activities, including cycling, archery, model aircraft flying and various motorsports, as well as the North Weald Market – that is in fact the largest open-air market in the country. The market occurs every Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday of the year, and entry is free.
Also based on the airfield is a high-performance driver training company, which is considered the most exciting attraction on the airfield. Every day we hear and experience the action of several high-performance supercars as they speed around the circuit. As the airfield is not a public road, there are no speed restrictions. However, the airfield does have a maximum noise limit of 105db.
Many of the hangars on the airfield are used for non-aviation purposes, with some owned and used by local businesses. One aircraft hangar was by Channel 4 as the studio to film series 2 to 6 of The Crystal Maze – back in late 1990. Part of the airfield was also used as the music video set for Will Young’s single ‘Joy’ in 2015.
As you can imagine, the airfield is a busy place – and there are many different things all going on at once. Whilst the airfield may come across noisy and inconvenient, we believe the location of the Ghost office is what makes us unique.
The team here at Ghost are growing and we feel that the airfield is the perfect place for our development. We have recently appointed two Digital Marketers, an Office Manager and a further Technician who have become part of the fundamental team that are committed to meeting the IT needs of your business. You can expect to see some new faces and hear some new voices over the next few months. You can see the members of the Ghost team on our Meet The Team page.
You have the opportunity to meet the Ghost IT team on Sunday 23rd September 2018, when we host our Summer BBQ at our office in Runway House. We will have food and beverages available, courtesy of the airfields Double Decker Bus Bar, and there will even be an ice-cream van. Tickets are FREE and you can register your interest on our Facebook and Eventbrite pages.