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20 April, 2018 - 09:39 By Tony Quested

Stansted triggers £130m construction frenzy

London Stansted will shortly trigger a tender process to find a contractor to build its new £130 million arrivals building.

The project is the latest phase of the airport's £600m transformation programme which also includes the development of the existing terminal into a departure only terminal as well as new airfield and car parking infrastructure.

Paul Willis, programme director for the transformation project, said Stansted anticipated tenders for the reconfiguration of the existing terminal to be released early in 2019.

He said: “This is a really exciting time for London Stansted and its £600m transformation programme. This investment will transform the experience for millions of passengers, unlock spare capacity and provide a greater choice of destinations and airlines.”

The arrivals building, due to open in 2020, is the centrepiece of the multi-million-pound transformation programme. It will be situated next to the current terminal and will include larger immigration and baggage reclaim areas, new retail facilities, improved access for all onward transport options and a public forecourt to create a welcoming environment for arriving passengers.

The existing terminal building will be reconfigured so that it is dedicated to departing passengers providing more space at check-in, security and in the departure lounge.

Construction of the arrivals building will take place entirely outside the current terminal, helping to minimise disruption to passengers.

Once completed, Stansted will be the only UK airport operating dedicated arrivals and departures terminals.

The first phase of works started in 2017 to support the growing number of passengers expected to use the airport this year. 

A new shoreline check in zone is due to open in the next few weeks while upgrades to the airfield, car parks and new upper deck seating areas in the departure lounge will be ready this summer.

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