Watson Batty Architects win £12.5m airport extension contract

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Leeds Bradford Airport
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Watson Batty Architects has been appointed to design the new arrivals extension, departure pier and internal remodelling at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA)

Last week the airport formally revealed plans for the £12.5 million investment with a three-storey new extension to its terminal building.

The works will include a transformed international arrivals process, including immigration, baggage reclaim and customs.

The extension will also accommodate improved departure gates, seating areas and new retail and food and beverage outlets.

Works will then commence on re-modelling the existing terminal building to provide a new centralised security search area and a better departure lounge layout, with an expanded retail space.

A future phase will include the completion of the departure pier and replacing the current passenger walkway.

The extension will provide job opportunities for local people, including apprenticeship roles in key operational areas.

The appointment follows an ongoing brief for Watson Batty to support extension works planned as part of the airports’ Route to 2030’ Strategic Development Plan.

Peter White, Managing Director at Watson Batty said: “We are delighted to cement our partnership with Leeds Bradford Airport with our biggest project to date.

“We have worked closely with the team at LBA over the last six years, assisting with detailed collaboration and consultation, to support a series of enabling projects, both airside and landside. It is rewarding to know that our transport expertise is helping to build the future of a critical northern hub.”

The airport is scheduled for completion by summer 2020.

Watson Batty has previously assisted Leeds Bradford Airport to improve circulation and flow of passengers around the terminal. It designed the new departure lounge extension last year which provided an additional storey and mezzanine floor to Gate Five, as well as a 150-metre-long, 3-lane covered, external walkway from the terminal together with a major departure gate refurbishment.

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