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Stansted seeks architects for £80million revamp

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Foster + Partners’ terminal building at Stansted Airport is to undergo the largest redevelopment since its opening in 1991

It is not yet known which architects will be appointed for the £80million transformation of the Foster-designed terminal at Stansted Airport.

Make architects have previously unveiled self-funded proposals for the airport’s expansion but the airport has failed to name a preferred designer for the proposed revamp.

Plans were announced today by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, to transform the terminal to ‘meet the demands of modern air travel’.

In a statement MAG, who now own the airport said: ‘Stansted’s state-of-the-art Lord Foster designed terminal building will be enhanced by making better use of existing space and providing passengers with new security facilities and an enlarged departure lounge’.

Most passengers now check in on-line and fly without hold backage, a change which will be reflected in the refurbished terminal.

The new design will also provide flexibility to accommodate future airline requirements as Stansted grows.

The expansion announcements follow news that Easyjet has signed a deal that will double passenger numbers at Stansted from 2.8m to 6m a year.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: ‘The millions invested in this project will transform Stansted Airport’s terminal building and the way passengers use it. This sort of improvement to our transport infrastructure helps to make the UK more competitive in the global economic race.’

Stansted’s managing director, Andrew Harrison, added: ‘Today marks the start of a significant investment programme to transform the terminal and help deliver our ambitious plans to radically improve Stansted and make it the airport of choice in London for airlines and passengers alike.

‘The way airlines and passengers use the airport has dramatically changed over recent years with far fewer passengers using check-in desks or travelling with hold baggage but spending more time in the departure lounge.

‘This exciting transformation project responds to these changing trends and will create a quicker and more efficient security process and bring some sparkle to what is already a fantastic terminal’.

MAG are providing £40million of investment which will be matched by investment from other commercial partners.

Have you heard from Stansted about this job? If so, contact Richard Waite on the AJ news desk

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