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Pascall+Watson pushes for lift off at Birmingham airport

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London practice Pascall+Watson Architect's concept for a £29 million development programme at Birmingham International Airport has been submitted for public approval. The steel and glass idea for a new pier is the third phase of a 10-year, £260 million construction programme by the airport. A business lounge, aircraft docks and an aircraftparking apron are included in the plan.

Pascall+Watson architect Mark Wolfe said the firm was currently responsible for the concept only, although he was hopeful that the practice would be commissioned for the design phase. If approved, work to bring the concept to reality would begin later this year.

Wolfe said the aim of the feasibility study, which includes the public exhibition of the plans, was to develop a design to prove the demands of the design brief could be met. 'It is not a detailed design, just a general structural plan, ' he said. 'The main thing is to prove the functionality of the building in terms of passenger flows and the processing of people in an efficient way.'

The British Airports' Authority currently employs the firm as the framework architect for high-profile projects at Heathrow and Gatwick.

Wolfe said Pascall+Watson had worked with local residents to minimize the impact of air traffic. The concept plans will be exhibited at Marston Green Village Hall and at the airport company offices.

Birmingham International Airport is the UK's second largest regional airport. Recent work to the site has included the construction of the Millennium Link, which encompasses an arrivals hall, additional check-ins, an international baggage reclaim hall, holding lounges, a pier with three air-bridges, an office block and additional stands for aircraft.

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