Denmark’s Billund Airport (BLL) has appointed The Design Solution (TDS) to create its new duty free store. The new project is a part of the airport’s master plan for the airside commercial area, which involves relocating security.
TDS’ designs have increased BLL’s commercial space by 5,382sq ft (500m2). The reconfiguration has resulted in a total surface area of 19,913sq ft (1.850m2). The new walk-through Duty Free store, due to open in May 2012, will be contained within a space of 7,535sq ft (700m2). The airport’s upgrade is in response to international traffic growth, which is expected to increase from the current 2.7 million to almost 3.5 million passengers per year by 2016.
“The master plan was conceived in early 2011 and is a radical move for the airport,” explains Graeme Johns, the Project Planning Director. “Security has been moved from the departures level down to the check-in hall, thus freeing up space for the walk-through store in its place. Specialist retail will be relocated into the main departures holding space, and an existing mezzanine level is being converted into a food and beverage area with multiple offers.”
Project Director for the store’s design, Nick Taylor, added: “What will strike you first of all is what we have termed ‘The Northern Lights’. This is a dramatic baffled ceiling which creates a powerful entrance to the store, and undulates along its length above the walkway. The store design retains the airport’s timber floor as the link between security and the [departure lounge] space to define the walkway, either side of which, polished white stone floors provide a pristine, bright backdrop for merchandising displays.” Mr Taylor concluded: “We want to deliver BLL with a world class walk-through.”