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Pascall + Watson lodges plans for £130m Stansted arrivals building


Pascall + Watson has submitted plans to Uttlesford District Council for a new £130 million arrivals building at Stansted Airport 

The proposal, for Stansted’s owner Manchester Airports Group, is for a three-floor 34,000m² building to sit next to the existing terminal designed by Norman Foster.

Pascall + Watson’s scheme will also allow Foster’s building, which currently accomodates both arrivals and departures, to be used soley for departures.

The plans will contribute to the Essex airport’s growth forecast of increasing its passenger numbers from 24 million per year to the planning cap of 35 million in 2025. 

Stansted Airport chief executive Andrew Cowan said: ‘Stansted is thriving as a national asset, forming a key component of the UK’s aviation infrastructure at a time when airport capacity in the country is at a premium.

‘Our investment will boost competition and enable the airport to play a bigger role in supporting economic growth, jobs and international connectivity across the east of England and London.’

If approved, the new arrivals building is expected to be completed within three years, with alterations to Foster’s terminal set to be finished by 2022.

The Manchester Airports Group also owns Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.

In July, the government approved Pascall + Watson’s £344 million expansion plans for London City Airport. The proposals include a three-storey passenger pier, new aircraft taxiway, a 260-bed hotel and parking spaces for planes.

Project data

Location London Stansted Airport
Type of project New terminal building
Client Manchester Airports Group (M.A.G.)
Architect Pascall+Watson
Planning consultant Manchester Airports Group (M.A.G.)
Structural engineer Ramboll
M&E consultant Ramboll
Quantity surveyor Manchester Airports Group (M.A.G.)
Planning supervisor Manchester Airports Group (M.A.G.)
Lighting consultant Ramboll
Gross internal floor area 34,000m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional
Total cost £130 million


Readers' comments (2)

  • MacKenzie Architects

    Years and years and years late.

    When they say the Foster building will be for Departures only, they really mean for the Shopping Mall that is Duty Free these days.

    If Pascall+Watson have any influence in the original Terminal Building, could they do us a favour and fit in a secret (architectural) short-cut to by-pass all these horrible concessions.

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  • Ba Humbug says Mackenzie! Shopping pays for the Terminal and keeps down landing fees?! And people seem to want to shop when they travel.

    Pascall and Watson managed the previous expansion of Foster's terminal, an exact copy of the Worlds Most Elegant Airport Terminal. They seem to gone off piste here. Cost reasons? Kurokawa copied Stansted at KL, with a strategy for 4 fold expansion. P and W should have the expansion of Stansted to 4 runways and 100m ppa in mind. Nice job to have?! Or perhaps they don't want to signal that to the surrounding villagers? Or perhaps Manchester Airports don't want to build a viable competitor.

    The South East England runway capacity debate doesn't go on?!

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