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HOK scoops £1 billion Gatwick role

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HOK has been appointed ‘master architect’ for the £1 billion project to overhaul Gatwick Airport in West Sussex

The studio – which worked on Cork Airport, Heathrow Terminal 5 and Airport City in Dublin – will oversee Gatwick’s programme to invest £1 billion in its facilities over the next three years.

Andrew Barraclough, HOK director, said he was ‘delighted’ to have landed the contract.

He said: ‘HOK is committed to operational and architectural excellence and has a strong track record of delivering complex aviation and transportation projects that prioritise striking design with functional and practical considerations.’

Raymond Melee, director of capital projects at Gatwick added: ‘HOK was chosen as Master Architect for their considerable experience in airport planning and design, and expertise in delivering projects of this scale and complexity.

‘Their team showed a real understanding of goals behind the project and we are delighted to have them on board as we take another exciting step forward towards transforming Gatwick into London’s airport of choice for the future.’

In August last year HOK was chosen for a place on the airport’s architectural services framework along with Atkins, Jacobs, Morgan Sindall Professional Services and Pascal & Watson.

Handling 33 million travellers a year, Gatwick aims to ‘modernise’ its facilities and improve its passenger experience.

The 1950s South Terminal building is being transformed into a ‘modern, contemporary space, fit for the 21st century’, while the North Terminal is being redesigned to support an extra 10 million passengers each year.  


Project data

South Terminal

  • £30 million on a new entrance and improved terminal forecourt
  • £160 million on replacing pier one and delivering a new baggage handling system, which will transform the check-in experience
  • £34 million on a significantly extended and enhanced departure lounge, giving passengers more space and a greater choice of retail outlets
  • £40 million on refurbishing and upgrading all the ‘gate rooms’ and reorganising how existing piers are used to promote efficiency
  • £47 million on a new, significantly larger central security search area, which will be easier to find and more operationally efficient
  • £8 million on a new immigration hall, with a new lay-out and interior and design aimed at reducing waiting times.

North Terminal

  • £45 million on a new inter-terminal shuttle station and terminal entrance (completed in June 2010 – two months ahead of schedule)
  • £76 million on extending the terminal building to allow faster check-in, more space, improved wayfinding and more capacity at baggage collection in the arrivals hall
  • £17 million on almost 1,200 new short stay car parking spaces next to the terminal
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