Gatwick Airport has awarded a £16.5M contract to Vinci Construction UK to transform the airport’s South Terminal forecourt - part of its near £1bn investment programme to modernise the airport.
The three-year transformation, which began in June last year, aims to create spacious entrance, clearer lines of sight and a brighter, more contemporary space with new flooring and lighting. New lifts will also be installed to take passengers to the upper level of the forecourt from the ground level.
At ground level, a new coach waiting area, including ticket facilities and toilets, will be in place for scheduled coach operations, with coach stops directly outside the building, supporting Gatwick’s transport strategy to encourage increased use of public transport.
The total cost of the project is £29.6M and it will be completed in March 2012, in time for the London Olympics.
“We’re excited about these great new facilities for South Terminal and hope the Department for Transport gives the go ahead to the planned £53M investment in the Gatwick airport rail station which, alongside our investment, will deliver a real world-class welcome at the second busiest gateway to the UK,” said Gatwick director of capital projects Raymond Melee.