Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has experienced record growth in recent years and it is important that they continue to expand and deliver airport improvements to accommodate that growth and provide the best experience for their passengers and creating a modern and attractive environment is vitally important. From the moment passengers arrive, right through to their departure, LBA want to exceed passenger expectation and their continued investment in the expanded terminal demonstrates this commitment.
Watson Batty Architects (WBA) latest scheme delivers LBA‘s vision by the creating 600 Sqm (6,458.5 Sqft) of additional passenger seating at first floor. This complex scheme required the removal of an existing single storey building and the installation of a new first floor with roof over. An adjoining double height space also had a new mezzanine floor installed. The airport was fully operational whilst these works were being undertaken with little disruption experienced.
From the outset WBA became closely involved with LBA developing excellent working relations with the design team members and following a seamless Planning Application process, works commenced in January 2017 and continued throughout the busy summer period. This involved significant shift working and close liaison with LBA to ensure that there was no disruption to passengers or operators.
Phasing the scheme was very important to LBA and there were a number of early handovers of both a ground floor retail unit and a bar area to ensure that LBA could maintain their customer offer during the busy summer holiday period.
The project was run as a traditional project and Practical Completion occurred at the end of September 2017 and delivered the promised attractive customer seating area, suitable for an ambitious airport such as LBA.