Leeds Bradford Airport – Public Art

Providing a sense of arrival appropriate for an International Airport was the main driving force behind this project.

Watson Batty Architects were appointed to prepare proposals to be presented to LBA Board based on precedent studies that had been undertaken at airports elsewhere. The scheme was then developed further and submitted for Planning Approval.

Whilst everyone in the region is aware of the airport, the piecemeal development over time has meant that the main terminal building has become divorced from view. These proposals were intended as an opportunity to announce the airport to passengers.

Working in conjunction with a specialist metal work sub-contractor, proposals were developed for a significant stainless-steel structure located in the centre of the main entrance roundabout. The structure was designed to pick up the LBA branded logo.

Being located within a roundabout on the bustling Harrogate Road, the project inevitably involved considerable negotiations with the local highway authority to arrive at an acceptable scheme in terms of protecting highway safety.

Watson Batty’s proactive design approach to a very open-ended design challenge was a great benefit to the project. The team were able to source suitable precedent images and provide numerous concept designs for client comment/approval to arrive at a scheme that was submitted for and achieved Planning Approval.

Client:Leeds Bradford Airport
Contractor:TBC
Value:£1m
Service: Architecture
Sector: Transport