London Stansted Airport has published plans for a new £130 million arrivals building, which is designed to transform the passenger experience. It is the latest phase in Manchester Airports Group’s transformation programme to support Stansted’s future growth, and attract new passengers and airlines.
The plan focuses on providing the airport with a high quality environment to support its continuing growth, from 24 million passengers a year today to the current planning limit of 35 million. The facility is designed to ensure that in the future the airport can make full use of its single runway and serve around 43 million passengers, as set out in Stansted’s 2015 Sustainable Development Plan.
“The planning application and concept design for the new £130 million arrivals building marks the latest phase in Stansted’s transformation and enables us to support further growth over the next decade and give our passengers the facilities that they want,” explains Andrew Cowan, CEO Stansted Airport. “Since MAG acquired the airport in early 2013, we have turned Stansted into one of the UK’s fastest growing airports. It has always been our vision to invest in its infrastructure to create the best experience for our growing number of passengers and airline customers and have already invested over £150 million to update our terminal and satellite facilities, created 1,000 more jobs, added over 40 new destinations and increased passenger numbers by nearly seven million.”
The proposed 34,000sqm building spans three levels and would be delivered inside the existing footprint of the airport. It includes plans for a larger immigration and baggage reclaim area, new retail facilities and a public forecourt to create a relaxing and welcoming environment for passengers. Importantly, this will enable the current terminal building to be reconfigured and dedicated entirely to departing passengers, creating more space at check-in, security and within the international departures lounge.
Subject to relevant planning consent and approval, it is expected that the arrivals building will take up to three years to complete, with other improvements to the existing terminal to be finished by 2022.
“Stansted is thriving as a national asset, forming a key component of the UK’s aviation infrastructure at a time when airport capacity in the country is at a premium. Our investment will boost competition and enable the airport to play a bigger role in supporting economic growth, jobs and international connectivity across the East of England and London,” says Cowan. “Subject to planning consent, the next stage will be to develop our concept designs in conjunction with our stakeholders and business partners ahead of awarding any contracts for the construction works.”