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YRM takes off at Bristol

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YRM has completed Bristol's new £27 million International Airport terminal, offering a greatly improved passenger capacity for the south-west of England. The 17,500m 2building will handle more than two million passengers this year and is designed to cater for up to 3.5 million each year.

The new facility is three times the size of the original airport building, with passenger numbers having grown from 800,000 per annum.

The terminal is situated on a sloping site, allowing natural split-level movement through the building. The double-height main entrance utilises full-height glazing to afford views out over the countryside as well as the airfield. The roof is a series of shallow pyramids with rooflights in the centre bringing natural light into the heart of the terminal.

Originally conceived in 1990, a major public inquiry brought the scheme to a halt between 1992 and 1996. It has since become the fastest growing regional airport in the UK.

Project architect William Lowe said: 'The project and design effectively froze while the public inquiry ran its course. . . In fact, we are currently examining the possibility of extending the building to deal with a projected capacity of five million passengers a year.'

The modular layout of the building will enable additional bays to be added at a later date. With the original terminal building closed, discussions are taking place on the need for an airport hotel and additional staff facilities on the site.

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