The construction of a first-floor infill extension, above live ground floor departure gates, to provide additional departure floor area to initially allow the formation of passenger seating area before being converted to form three new leisure lounges.
Watson Batty Architects developed the design for the first-floor infill to utilise untapped potential floor area within the heart of the airport. The design required existing roofs and parapets to be raised, a new floor installed as well as additional floor space being created in the adjoining White Rose building.
The extension forms part of Leeds Bradford Airport ‘Route to 2030 Strategic Development Plan’ – which will see annual passenger numbers increase from four million to seven million by 2030. Whilst the area created was initially intended as a passenger seating area offering panoramic views over the airfield, these views soon made it more suited to house relocated executive lounges moved from elsewhere within the terminal building.
Working in a live environment to ensure the passenger experience was maintained was undoubtedly the most significate challenge the design team, and principle contractor Triton Construction, faced during the contract. Whether installing pile foundations, new steelwork or maintaining existing services, every effort was made to ensure the live operations of the airport were able to continue.
Watson Batty Architects track record of working in live commercial environments and knowledge of the airport environment enabled the project to be started and finished within the quieter operational period for the airport.