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Exclusive | Motts and Ramboll win Stansted design deal

Mott MacDonald and Ramboll have won the contract to design the new Stansted Airport arrivals hall and expansion of the departures hall.

Plans to expand the airport were announced last year. They include building a new, dedicated arrivals terminal. The existing arrivals terminal will then be reconfigured to become part of a newly expanded departures area.    

The pair will work with architect Pascall & Watson to design the new three storey arrivals building with a modular roof, with larger immigration and baggage reclaim area. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

Ramboll UK aviation market director Mike Smith said: Ramboll has worked at London Stansted Airport on a variety of projects since 2001 including landside car parking development and an earlier phase of the transformation programme and are delighted to have been selected for this next phase of development.

“Our multi-disciplinary engineering design team from the UK will be providing the full range of engineering services to support these latest phases of the Stansted Transformation Project.”

Meanwhile, Stansted’s owners have told contractors that it will soon seek bids for this £340M second phase of the airport’s expansion programme.

Construction work will be divided into two lots. Lot 1 covers the 34,000m2 arrivals hall and is worth £120M to £150M. A suppliers’ day will be held on 13 April for interested parties, and bids will be invited shortly afterwards.

Lot 2 is for the £180M to £230M transformation of the existing Foster-designed terminal into a departures-only area. A contract notice is expected to be published in the fourth quarter of this year.

Other airside and landside works include two new taxiway links to the airport’s single runway and nine extra aircraft stands.

Stanstead is spending £600M on expanding its existing infrastructure to cope with an expected rise in passenger numbers from 26M passengers per year to 43M passengers per year by 2028.

But Stansted Airport owner Manchester Airports Group (MAG) engineering services director Paul Willis said the transformation was not just about creating more space, but making the flow of passengers through the airport more efficient.

“The Fosters terminal is in its twenty seventh year, it has stood the test of time and I still see it as a modern terminal,” said Willis. “It’s still up there with the best and it doesn’t look tired, but what is tired is the infrastructure inside the building and how we process the passengers inside the airport”

Enabling works for the £600M expansion scheme are expected to finish this summer.

Hear Willis and MAG chief operating officer Brad Miller, together with Pascall & Watson aviation director Matthew Butters, discuss  the expansion at this years’ New Civil Engineer Airports Conference on 18 and 19 April.



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