On completion of the terminal extension, key arrival operations within the existing terminal move across into the new extension, namely Immigration, Customs and Baggage Reclaim areas. The vacated areas then allow the airport to provide new and expanded passenger security facilities as well as rebalancing the flow of the terminal on both the ground and first floor.
Watson Batty Architects have worked closely with Leeds Bradford Airport and their project stakeholders to develop the internal layout as well as preparing detailed phasing proposals for the works; maintenance of the passenger experience remains key whilst the airport under goes its internal refurbishment.
Leeds Bradford Airport is one of the most rapidly expanding regional airports in the UK, with aspirations to process 5.5million passengers by 2023. The proposals at LBA are necessary to provide an airport experience that passengers have now come to expect.
The re-modelling of the existing terminal building will provide enhanced check-in facilities, a new centralised security search area as well as a more simplified customer journey through the terminal building to the new departure lounge. It will also include new and expanded Retail and Food & Beverage offer.
Working within the constraints of the existing terminal building is a challenge. The airport has been extended and refurbished over several decades with many construction types and changes in level to contend with, a challenge when formulating a final layout that provides a continuous flowing route through the building. Working within a live airport environment also brings its own challenges in terms of managing works around the particular peaks and troughs that LBA experiences.
Watson Batty have established an excellent working relationship with LBA over several years and now have a team of experienced staff working within this environment. Their proactive and enthusiastic approach towards the many challenges that they have faced has made them a key partner in developing these and many other proposals.
Whilst not being the largest project being undertaken in Leeds over the next couple of years it is far and away one of the highest profiles. This investment, in conjunction with the rail and road links that are also under consideration, will put LBA in a prime position to deliver its growth targets into the next decade.