Airport Project Takes Off For Watson Batty

Watson Batty Architects has been appointed by Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) to design an extension to its departure lounge.   The appointment follows an ongoing brief for Watson Batty to support extension works planned as part of the airports’ Route to 2030’ Strategic Development Plan.

The departure lounge’s 6,450 sq ft expansion will increase passenger airside space by extending the first floor and adding a new storey to the existing single storey area next to gates three and four. The plans also include the introduction of a mezzanine floor at gate five.

Peter White, Managing Director at Watson Batty said:

“We are pleased to secure this further project with Leeds Bradford Airport after a detailed collaboration and consultation process. Over the last two years we have worked closely with the team at LBA to support a series of enabling projects, both airside and landside, and it is rewarding to know that our transport expertise is helping to build the future of a critical northern hub.”

Crucial to the brief is to design a programme where works can be undertaken with the constraints of a 24-hour functioning airport with minimum disruption.

Sophie Murr, Head of Projects at LBA, said:

“Transformational projects across all areas of LBA are currently underway, all of which will make a huge positive difference to the passenger experience. All contractors on site are working 24 hours a day and are undertaking tasks with minimum disruption to passengers.”

Watson Batty has previously assisted Leeds Bradford Airport to improve circulation and flow of passengers around the terminal. Whilst relocating over twenty retail and commercial tenants, it designed a 150-metre-long, 3-lane covered, external walkway from the terminal together with a major departure gate refurbishment. Watson Batty also re-planned the passenger scanning area with new feature lifts to help increase the efficiency of people movement and wheelchair access.

Watson Batty has extensive transport and leisure sector experience. It has completed successful projects for West Yorkshire Combined Authority at Leeds Bus Station and Keighley Bus Station and is on the Manchester Airport Group Framework. Leisure projects also include Egham Leisure Centre, Haxby Road Sports Campus and Liverpool Hope University sports complex.

Watson Batty Architects is a future focused business offering architectural, interior design and master planning solutions for all sectors. It is credited for a number of major public and private sector projects including schools, universities, leisure centres, distribution facilities, residential developments and transport hubs.

It is currently working on a number of significant projects across a varied range of sectors and has recently completed student’s union extension at York St John University, an academy school for Dixons Academy Trust, a flagship extra care facility for Leeds City Council, a Royal Mail delivery office at Portsmouth and leisure centres for local authorities at Newark and Washington. Additionally Watson Batty has recently been successful in supporting Wates Living Space Homes on Calderdale Council’s North Halifax Transformation Project.

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