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Local businesses in the running to build Stansted Airport's new arrivals terminal




The arrivals terminal and plaza
The arrivals terminal and plaza

The contract to build Stansted Airport's new arrivals terminal is expected to be awarded at the end of the year - and local companies are in the running.

The international arrivals concourse
The international arrivals concourse

The timetable for the centrepiece of the airport’s £600m transformation was revealed by project leader Paul Willis when he updated members of the Stansted Airport Consultative Committee (StACC) on progress. The watchdog meets quarterly to question Stansted owner Manchester Airports Group.

Architects Pascall+Watson were selected in March to design the £130m building. The tender for its construction was released on September 3 and closed on October 29.

Mr Willis, transformation director, said: “We have local contractors that are bidding for work, which is a real positive for Stansted.”

The tenders are now being evaluated with a decision due at the end of this year and work beginning in early 2019.

The arrivals terminal at dusk
The arrivals terminal at dusk

The building is set to be completed by August 2020 with reconfiguration of the existing terminal to cater solely for departures – with 130 check-ins – by March 2021.

A year later, the airfield works required will also be finished. There are up to 40 different elements to the plans.

Mr Willis told StACC that the key aims of the project were to transform the passenger experience, improve terminal processing capacity, minimise passenger disruption and to deliver a sustainable design solution. To achieve that end with safety as a top priority, work across the airport is being phased.

He said: “We do not want the airport to be a building site – we want to deliver it in incremental stages.”

Baggage reclaim hall
Baggage reclaim hall

Stansted is also spending £55m to upgrade its baggage screening system to comply with European Union legislation, and by 2021, it will have to subject all passengers to a full body scan to satisfy new Department for Transport standards, rather than the 25% currently required.



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