£130 million arrivals building at London Stansted Airport has been granted planning permission by Uttlesford District Council.
To accommodate for the future spike in the number of passengers, architects Pascall & Watson have designed the 34,000 meters squared building.
It is anticipated to consist of three floors, and will be part of the Manchester Airports Group’s (MAG) multi-million-pound program to convert the airport.
The building will be next to the current terminal and will include:
- A larger immigration area,
- A larger baggage reclaim area,
- New retail facilities,
- Improved access for all onward travel options,
- A public forecourt.
The already existing terminal is anticipated to be purely for departing passengers.
Because of this, extra space in areas such as check-in, security and the departure lounge will become available.
This summer work is predicted to begin, which will short term be generating added capacity.
Once work has begun on the terminal, it could take three years to be completed.
The following was said by the chief executive at Stansted Airport, Andrew Cowan:
“Stansted is a national asset and our investment will continue to boost competition and support economic growth, jobs and international connectivity for London and the East of England.
“At a time when airport capacity in the country is at a premium, Stansted is playing a vital role in supporting both the regional and national economy. This project will strengthen our ability to do this by enabling us to make the most efficient use of our single runway.”
Cowan has said that once the work is done, Stansted airport will be the only airport to operate devoted arrivals and departures terminals.
The aviation minister, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, said:
“Plans for a dedicated arrivals building will ensure that Stansted can meet growing demand, improve the experience for passengers, create new jobs, and boost economic growth in the region.”
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