Birmingham Airport’s Elmdon terminal building has been awarded Grade II status by Historic England. The Elmdon building is a 1930s ‘Moderne style’ terminal. It was the original terminal building when the airport first opened in 1939 and is evocative of an era when aviation was at its most glamorous. It was designed to be an experience for passengers and spectators alike – it not only looked elegant but also housed a public bar, tea lounge and restaurant. The striking concrete ‘wings’ playfully reflect air travel while also being functional as they provided cover for passengers boarding beneath. Balconies hugging the bowed end of the building were for people to watch the airport activity below, and the control tower was housed on top.
Simon Richards, Acting Managing Director Birmingham Airport, said: “We fully support the awarding of Grade II listed status for Elmdon in recognition of this historical building’s importance within the local community. The original terminal building when the airport first opened in 1939, it is a celebration of our aviation history, in an era where air travel was at its most glamorous. We would like to thank all those at Historic England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who were involved in making this happen.”