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BAA plans expansion of Stansted - without Foster

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Plans to expand one of the country's most prestigious buildings, Stansted Airport, have been put in for planning approval.

Work on the famous terminal by Foster and Partners will add a bay each side of the open-plan building to contain check-in desks and a baggagereclaim hall with five carousels. New designer Pascall & Watson will follow Foster's original design brief to the letter, said BAA. The £200 million project aims to increase passenger flows per year from 8 million to 15 million.

Architect Alan Lamond said: 'We will use the same tree-like structures, roof system and cladding. It is a bold architectural statement and has to be respected.'

Pascall & Watson has been designing airport buildings for 30 years and is BAA's 'framework supplier' (preferred architect), on Heathrow terminals 1, 2 and 4. Foster and Partners did not apply to become a 'framework supplier'.

BAA hopes to get the go-ahead after Christmas and changes could be ready by 2002. Permission to increase passenger capacity at the airport was granted in 1985.

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