Gatwick Airport Awards Largest Construction Contract

Gatwick Airport, UK, has awarded a contract to VINCI Construction to transform Pier 1 in its South Terminal.  Costing £183.9 million (US$292.4m), the project is Gatwick’s largest capital investment since the change of ownership almost three years ago.
The project will involve the demolition of the existing Pier 1 in 2013 to make way for the new building.  Due for completion in summer 2015, the new facility will house a baggage system and gate-rooms for passengers, and will be linked to five new aircraft stands by air bridges.  Taxiway improvements will also be made on the airfield.
The two-storey building will include new seating and child-friendly zones.  An automated bag store – a first for Gatwick – will allow airlines to offer ‘day before’ check-in.
Phase 1 of the project is already under way.  Pier 1 is the oldest in the South Terminal, first opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1958.
Ben Green, Head of Piers and Infrastructure at the airport, commented:  “This project is our boldest step yet and we are delighted that VINCI Construction is on board.  With extensive experience of working in airfield environments, [the company] will help drive efficiency and quality as we work hard to safely deliver a dynamic new building.”
Currently, the South Terminal has a new entrance and drop-off zone, security facilities, brighter and more open check-in and arrivals areas, extended departure lounges and improved waiting areas.
(Image:  LGW)