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Pascall + Watson's £130m Stansted arrivals building wins planning

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Uttlesford District Council has approved Pascall + Watson’s £130 million arrivals building at Stansted Airport 

The three-floor 34,000m² building will sit next to the existing terminal designed by Norman Foster and completed in 1991.

Backed by Stansted’s owner, Manchester Airports Group, 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 annual passenger numbers from 24 million to the planning cap of 35 million by 2025. 

Pascall + Watson design director James Speed said: ‘The existing terminal is a well-loved building and we have worked hard to respect and complement its iconic design. By analysing the original terminal and the thinking that informed it, we have developed a contemporary ‘next generation’ response focused firmly on the passenger.

‘The development will transform the travelling experience of millions of people passing through Stansted every year.’

The building is expected to be completed within three years, with alterations to Foster’s terminal set to be finished by 2022.

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.’

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

Last 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
Architect Pascall + Watson
Planning consultant Manchester Airports Group 
Structural engineer Ramboll
M&E consultant Ramboll
Quantity surveyor Manchester Airports Group 
Planning supervisor Manchester Airports Group
Lighting consultant Ramboll
Gross internal floor area 34,000m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional
Total cost £130 million

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