Airport Wi-fi is a critical service to the travelling public looking to get their Internet fix before boarding their flight and turning phones and gadgets into ‘airplane mode’. For business travellers, it gives an opportunity to finish some work, and those heading on holiday can upload content to social media or download some music, TV shows or films to watch whilst on board. Back in September 2015, we visited the five major UK airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City) to test the free wi-fi services which each of the airport operators offered.
Stansted led the field in terms of speed offering a service at 8.1Mbps downstream, with Luton and London City managing only half that at 4.5 and 4 Mbps respectively. Heathrow scored 1 Mbps on its free wi-fi whilst Gatwick only managed to deliver a measly 0.5 Mbps.
|Stansted||8.1 Mbps||6.4 Mbps|
|London City||4.5 Mbps||2.7 Mbps|
|Heathrow||1.0 Mbps||1.0 Mbps|
|Luton||4.5 Mbps||0.9 Mbps|
|Gatwick||0.5 Mbps||0.4 Mbps|
In a repeat of these tests, carried out in November 2016, we went back to each of these five airports to find not only that speeds had in fact dropped! Luton droped from 4.5Mbps to 0.9Mbps although extended its free Wi-Fi time from 90 minutes to four hours.
It is worth noting that there are often other free wi-fi options in airports, including cafes and restaurants, which were not tested as part of this research, although from experience these can range from similar speeds to much faster services.
Airports can rely on wi-fi data to analyse traffic flows through the airport, but airports also often require you to register to use the free wi-fi service so build up a database of users to which they can target advertising.
Heathrow Airport also gives you access to a faster 3Mbps Wi-Fi service if you login using Twitter, or sign up to its Heathrow Rewards programme.
Brethrens Meeting Room and car park are on the market and potentially could be redeveloped. The site is off Bedford Road, Houghton Regis, opposite Plaiters Way, and adjacent to another site currently being developed for housing by Taylor Wimpey. Tenders are invited before 26th February 2016.
According to the vendors details, the present building is a single storey detached building and used as a place of worship under D1 Use Class. The site has full access from the highway with the majority being surfaced and used as car park for the Gospel Hall. The plot measures approximately 1.83 acres (0.74 Ha). The Gospel Hall seats approximately 650 people in an octagonal design, the main hall has suspended ceiling with recessed lighting, air-conditioned and carpeted throughout. The premises benefit from 3-phase power, an alarm system and gas fired heating. To the rear of the site is a large car park that has spaces for approximately 140 vehicles. Pictures and particulars at lsh.co.uk or download pdf file12
Interested parties are invited to submit offers by way of an informal tender.
Offers should be submitted no later than 12 noon on Friday, 26th of February 2016 addressed to:
Joe Reubin, Lambert Smith Hampton, 960 Capability Green, Luton, LU1 3PE
The vendor is not bound to accept the highest offer or any offer and reserves the right to enter into negotiations with any party.
Viewing strictly by prior appointment with the sole agent:
Lambert Smith Hampton