Vinci appointed to £184m Gatwick revamp of South Terminal Pier 1
Gatwick has announced a £183.9 million project to redevelop its South Terminal Pier 1. The work would be done by Vinci, the company trying to build the fiercely opposed airport at Nantes. The existing pier, which opened in 1958, will be demolished in the new year, with a two-storey replacement set to open in summer 2015. The project follows a series of upgrades at Gatwick, including the extension of the airport’s North Terminal, and a revamped security area at the South Terminal. Gatwick also recently announced plans to “develop options for a second runway”, although a legal agreement prevents any such facility from being built until after 2019. Vinci have done work on Gatwick’s terminals for many years.
Gatwick unveils new South Terminal revamp
Gatwick has announced a £183.9 million project to redevelop its South Terminal Pier 1.
The existing pier, which opened in 1958, will be demolished in the new year, with a two-storey replacement set to open in summer 2015.
The new facility will include a new baggage system allowing passengers to use automated fast-bag drops, and gate rooms for passengers, linked to five new aircraft stands by air bridges.
Airlines will also have the option to offer “day before” check-in, through a new automated bag store system.
Ahead of the opening of the new building, the South Terminal will benefit from a new checked luggage system which will allow bags to be checked in at any of the nine check-in zones and sent to any area of the baggage system.
“Gatwick undertook in-depth and detailed planning before the project and looked at ways to prevent the passenger being affected,” said the airport.
“We have already refurbished Pier 2 and segregated the arrivals and departures to allow for a quicker and smoother transition for all passengers as well as creating extra capacity in those areas due to the segregation which allows for greater capacity on its own.
“We have also worked and planned on how to create greater capacity on a whole by removing some stands and things like this – so we have catered for and looked after our passengers needs all the while this fantastic project is being undertaken.”
The project follows a series of upgrades at Gatwick airport, including the extension of the airport’s North Terminal, and a revamped security area at the South Terminal.
Gatwick also recently announced plans to “develop options for a second runway”, although a legal agreement prevents any such facility from being built until after 2019.
Vinci appointed to £184m Gatwick Airport deal
(Vinci is the company building the fiercely opposed airport at Nantes).
9 November, 2012 (Construction News)
Gatwick Airport has awarded Vinci a £183.9m deal to transform Pier 1 in the South Terminal.
The project will involve the demolition of the existing Pier 1 in the new year to make way for the new building.
Due to be opened in summer 2015, the new building will house a new baggage system and new gate-rooms for passengers, and will be linked to five new aircraft stands by air-bridges. The project will also encompass taxi-way improvements on the airfield.
The new two-storey building will hold a new baggage system that will enable bags to be processed faster and enable airlines the opportunity to use automated fast-bag drops.
The first phase of the project is already well underway and will see a new Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) system for South Terminal in October 2012. This will allow passengers’ bags to be checked in at any one of the nine check-in zones and sent to any area of the existing and new baggage handling system.
Ben Green, head of piers and infrastructure at Gatwick Airport, said: “Over the last two years we have been transforming Gatwick, both in the service we provide and structurally to become London’s airport of choice.
“This project is our boldest step yet and we are delighted that Vinci Construction is on board. With extensive experience of working in airfield environments, they will help drive efficiency and quality as we work hard to safely deliver a dynamic new building.”
Jason Griffiths, regional director at Vinci Construction UK’s Air Division: “We are delighted to have been appointed to deliver this prestigious project for Gatwick Airport. Our extensive expertise in air infrastructure will ensure we can work closely with Gatwick Airport to complete the complex works within a live operational environment and to the highest standards of safety and quality.