Bluesky Celebrates 21st Birthday with Keys to the Door of New Corporate Headquarters


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Leicestershire, UK, 09 October 2017 – Aerial mapping company Bluesky is celebrating its twenty first year of trading with the purchase of the historic Railway Station in the Leicestershire market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The Neoclassical building, complete with side pavilions and Doric columns, was originally opened as a station in 1849 by the Midland Railway, but was eventually closed by British Railways in 1964. The recently refurbished Station will house Bluesky’s sales, marketing and technical teams as well as its research and development function.

“Despite being a high tech company, Bluesky is very familiar with historic landmark buildings,” commented Rachel Tidmarsh, co-founder and Managing Director of the company. “An early incarnation of Bluesky started life in the nearby Hugglescote Reading Rooms before spending 19 years in the old Palitoy toy factory just down the road in Coalville. However, as we celebrate twenty one years of trading, we felt it was time to purchase our own home.”

Ashby was considered a fashionable spa town during the Regency period. It was the chief town in north-west Leicestershire and is now a thriving market community with a concentration of high tech employers like Bluesky. Ashby is well connected with easy access to the main motorway networks and is close to Bluesky’s main flying base at the nearby East Midlands Airport. A Grade II* listed building the Station echoes earlier buildings in the area such as the Grecian baths and the Royal Hotel.

“We are very excited by the opportunities this building presents and, while previous occupants have restored large parts of the building, there are areas, such as the underground bunkers, that have been untouched for decades,” continued Tidmarsh. “The combination of high tech business and listed architecture has been challenging but is extremely rewarding and, as custodians of this magnificent building, we look forward to bringing it back to its former glory.”

Bluesky is expert in the capture of remotely sensed data and the production of innovative geographic data products. Bluesky launched to market the first ever detailed National Tree Map, is leading a Government funded project to investigate the potential of mobile phones for capturing accurate 3D spatial information, and has a joint venture company with the University of Leicester – working to develop solutions for air quality mapping. In addition, Bluesky is a supplier of geographic data to UK Central Government organisations under the multi-million pound (APGB) contract.

Bluesky is a specialist in aerial survey including aerial photography, LiDAR and thermal data, using the very latest survey technology, including two UltraCam Eagles and a Teledyne Optech Galaxy LiDAR system integrated with a PhaseOne camera and thermal sensor. An internationally recognised leader with projects extending around the globe, Bluesky is proud to work with prestigious organisations such as Google, the BBC and Government Agencies. 

Bluesky has unrivalled expertise in the creation of seamless, digital aerial photography and maintains national “off the shelf” coverage of aerial photography, DTM and DSM through an ongoing three-year update programme. By purchasing a world first sensor for the simultaneous capture of LiDAR, Thermal and Aerial Photography data, Bluesky is in the enviable position of being able to provide customers with unique and cost effective solutions.

 Bluesky is leading the way in developing innovative solutions for environmental applications, including the UK’s first National Tree Map (NTM), solar mapping and citywide ‘heat loss’ maps and is currently developing noise and air quality mapping products.


Laura Eddy – Marketing Co-ordinator

Bluesky International

Tel: +44 (0) 1530 518518


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