Airport 'tops out' terminal extension

PUBLISHED: 11:43 14 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 31 May 2010

STANSTED Airport celebrated the next stage in its development on Thursday at a special topping out ceremony of a £40 million terminal extension. The extension adds a further 5,900 metres squared of floor space to the international arrivals area. The p

STANSTED Airport celebrated the next stage in its development on Thursday at a special 'topping out' ceremony of a £40 million terminal extension.

The extension adds a further 5,900 metres squared of floor space to the international arrivals area.

The project is scheduled to open for passengers at the end of June after the main structure, roof diagrid and facade glazing stages are complete. It will be fully finished by December 2008.

BAA Stansted's managing director Stewart Wingate said: "I am delighted we have reached another major milestone in the growth of Stansted. Our exciting plans will transform the terminal building and improve even further the levels of customer service we provide to the tens of thousands of passengers who pass through Stansted every day.

"Putting the passenger first is at the heart of everything we do and this £40 million investment demonstrates the strength of this commitment."

Work on the extension started in April 2007 and so far 1500 tonnes of steel have been used to build the structure, which is the same style as the rest of the terminal building.

Additional baggage reclaim will be set up in the new area to help more than 23 million passengers using the airport each year, clear through arrivals. There will also be more shops.

Development director of the £40 million project, Nick Barton said: "I'm thrilled with it. It has been a long time in the planning and it's very difficult to build an extension in a living environment.

"We are moving into a phase of fitting out shop units, baggage belts and soft furnishings. Computer checks on all passports increases the time and this extension gives a lot more capacity and a better environment for incoming passengers."

Stewart Ashurst, chairman of the Stansted Airport Consultative Committee said he was impressed the development has been delivered on time and on budget.

More than 330,000 hours of labour have been put in to build the extension, which uses the latest technology to help improve the environmental performance of the terminal.

Mr Wingate added: "Our initiative to use biomass boilers burning renewable forms of fuel to generate hot water for direct use and heating purposes will reduce the terminal's carbon emissions by 1,824,000kg per year, effectively making the extension project carbon neutral."

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