London City Airport has released concept images depicting the interior of its 51,000sqm new terminal. The images show how the customer experience will be transformed, once the £500 million (€550m) development is complete in 2022.
The new terminal design will reflect 21st century London, supported by new shops, restaurants, bars and experiences that are synonymous with the UK capital, showcasing the best of the city to the airport’s increasingly wide range of business and leisure passengers, coming from both Britain and abroad.
The new concept images, produced by The Design Solution, provide a glimpse of the airport’s new check-in, security, departures lounge, baggage claim, dedicated arrivals area, and gate lounges.
“Through our transformation programme, we have a blank canvas and a great opportunity to provide our passengers with an airport experience that truly reflects modern London, the greatest city in the world,” says Robert Sinclair, CEO London City Airport. “We welcome millions of visitors to London every year right into the heart of London, and we want to create an unforgettable first and last impression of London, showcasing the very best of the capital and demonstrating it is open for business and thriving. Alongside this we will of course maintain an airport experience that is grounded in our fundamentals of providing speed, efficiency, convenience and excellent customer service.”
With the airport’s location in the heart of London’s rapidly regenerating Royal Docks, the River Thames also plays a role in the design concept, with the interior’s soft curving lines inspired by the fluidity of the river – from materials to colour palette. The 21st century London theme will be reinforced by light features, art installations, graphic wall panels and furniture from the city’s abundant talent, with large format digital screens providing spaces for storytelling. The spaces will provide the opportunity for collaboration with London talent, brands and events, and the airport is seeking partnerships to develop this content.
“Developing plans to deliver a great mix of London-focused retail, and food & beverage options has been pivotal to the success of the new scheme,” explains Kevin Patience, Design Director at The Design Solution. “A fluid lined interior design encouraging passenger flow has been inspired by the River Thames, which is right on the airport’s doorstep. The interior is punctuated with digital installations and interior features that celebrate London’s diversity and creative energy, from art, culture, fashion, sport, film and music.”
The major overhaul forms part of the £500 million (€550m) City Airport Development Programme, which began in 2017 and includes the new terminal facilities, eight new aircraft stands and a parallel taxiway, next to the runway. Construction is underway, and terminal facilities are being built both to the east and west of the current building.
London City is on track to welcome five million passengers in 2019 for the first time. Once the transformation is complete, the airport will be capable of accommodating a further two million passengers a year and 30,000 additional flights. Ahead of this, next year the airport will begin testing a new digital air traffic control tower ahead of its introduction in 2020.