Dublin Airport’s Terminal 1 to undergo revamp

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The new modern and energy-efficient structure has no set date for completion

Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport is set to be revamped under plans lodged with Fingal County Council.

The upgrade has been a long-term plan for the airport for several years, however, no specific dates have been established for the works to take place.

Within the new development plans, the core façade and roof of the building are due to be replaced with a new modern and energy-efficient structure.

Presently, the terminals new frontage exceeds current energy guidelines by 25%. The new plans suggest the terminal will be insulated to a high standard, helping to reduce heat loss throughout the building.

Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport managing director, said: “Sustainability is at the heart of how we operate at Dublin Airport and this project will have a hugely positive impact on the overall energy consumption levels for Terminal 1.”

Glass and solid panels will replace the existing concrete fins, with hopes of improving the overall appearance of the campus.

Departures and arrivals have already experienced an upgrade, as new floors and lighting were fitted alongside works to ensure there was more natural light.

Talks are also underway to seek planning permission for the renovation of the two top floors in the terminal. Originally designed as a multi-storey car park, these floors are currently used as offices and plant rooms.

Vincent also believes that “as certain elements of T1 are approaching the end of their life, it makes sense to seek planning permission now for these works, which will be carried out over the coming years.”

Over 20 million passengers used Terminal 1 last year, with its busiest year being in 2008 when 23.5 million customers passed through the building.

The complex originally opened in May 1972 and cost around £7m. It essentially replaced the airport’s original 1940s terminal and made it easier for passengers to gain access to the gate areas.