Building work gets under way

PUBLISHED: 15:58 19 April 2007 | UPDATED: 10:19 31 May 2010

An artist’s impression of what the new terminal will look like

An artist's impression of what the new terminal will look like

WORK started this week on a £40million extension to Stansted Airport s main terminal building. Key features of the project include doubling the size of the immigration hall, providing extra space for additional baggage carousels and the creation of a new

WORK started this week on a £40million extension to Stansted Airport's main terminal building.

Key features of the project include doubling the size of the immigration hall, providing extra space for additional baggage carousels and the creation of a new and improved area for 'meeters and greeters'.

The extension is expected to be opened in June 2008.

Nick Barton, BAA Stansted business development and planning director, said: "Stansted Airport has very successfully grown its airline route network over recent years, and now serves nearly 24 million passengers a year, so this is clearly the right time to bring forward this exciting new project.

"We are committed to providing the best possible airport experience at Stansted, and this significant investment will create additional space and facilities that will benefit both passengers and business partners alike."

The revamped terminal will boast an immigration hall twice the size of the existing one and provide extra space for baggage carousels.

There will also be a new and improved area for travellers meeting people at the airport after flying in and enhanced shopping facilities and provision of other transport connections.

Mr Barton said: "The development has been carefully planned with all the various companies and organisations involved to ensure that while the works are taking place any disruption to staff, passengers and the airport's safe operation is kept to an absolute minimum."

Planners have attempted to make the new terminal extension as environmentally friendly as possible, incorporating biomass boilers that provide hot water by burning renewable types of fuel.

Stansted said that this should reduce the terminal's carbon emissions by 1,824,000 kilograms each year, making the terminal's extension project effectively carbon neutral.

The extension was designed by architects Pascall and Watson and built by contractor Mace.

It will be 36 metres by 162 metres in size and its construction includes the erection of 22 "diagrids" that will form the roof and six support trees.

Planning permission for the extended terminal was granted by Uttlesford District Council in 2002, as part of the airport's application to increase passenger numbers.

The airport's managing director Terry Morgan performed a turf-cutting ceremony to signify the start of construction work on Monday morning.

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