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5plus reveals £12m East Midlands Airport revamp plans

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5plus Architects has unveiled plans to overhaul the passenger terminal at East Midlands Airport in North West Leicestershire

Planned to complete next year (2013), the project aims to make the airport terminal as ‘simple, intuitive and efficient as possible’ – according to a statement.

5plus’ scheme includes major refurbishment of the security search area and a reconfigured terminal layout. Further improvements to retail areas are also planned.

Originally an RAF air base, the 88 hectare airport served 5.6 million passengers at its peak in 2008 and now handles around 4.3 million passengers.

The new East Midlands Airport terminal is expected to use 15 per cent less energy and save 315 tonnes of carbon emissions a year. The revamp features natural daylight and ventilation and existing lighting systems will be replaced.

The terminal building will remain operational during the project with preparation works expected to begin in the next few weeks.

5plus Architects director Adam Thornton said: ‘A lot of effort has been put into making the customer journey through the airport as intuitive and legible as possible.  Externally this manifests itself in a simple, clean language and restricted palette to complement and improve the existing entrances to the terminal.

‘Internally the challenge is to unify the various different elements of the customer journey into a single, cohesive experience through colour, materials and improved natural light. This all has to be undertaken within the technical constraints of an existing live terminal building.’

Tim McDermott, East Midlands Airport general manager, said: ‘Over the years the airport has developed the terminal building with a number of significant projects; including an extension to the arrivals area, construction of a bus interchange and an environmentally friendly pier, housing additional aircraft gates, however this is the first time in 17 years that East Midlands Airport has made this level of investment in the terminal building.’

He added: ‘It is incredibly important that the airport continues to develop its facilities and services to meet both current and future market demands, improve the journey for its passengers and also adapt as the industry continues to evolve.’


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