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London Stansted airport awards major contract for £150million arrivals terminal

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Following a record-breaking year, London Stansted has appointed Mace as the main contractor for the construction of its new £150million arrivals terminal.

Work on the 39,000 square metre terminal is due to start in the spring and is scheduled for completion in autumn 2020.

The terminal is the flagship project in the airport’s £600million transformation which will support its future growth. This past year was the busiest ever for the airport with 28million passengers, up 8.1 per cent over the previous 12 months.

To mark the announcement, a fly-through animation has also been released showing what the airport will look like following the transformation and how passengers will seamlessly flow through the airport.

Ken O’Toole, CEO of London Stansted, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Mace on board as we now focus on the most critical phase in the transformation of London Stansted. Mace has a great track record of delivering major projects like this on time, on budget and to the highest quality. London Stansted’s transformation project is really gathering momentum.

Stansted Airport CEO, Ken O’Toole
Stansted Airport CEO, Ken O’Toole

“We’ve made fantastic progress so far, but it’s this year when the project starts to take-off when work begins on our arrivals terminal. The terminal is the most significant contract the airport has awarded as part of this project, and when complete it will provide a first-class, technology enabled, experience for our passengers.”

Gareth Lewis, Mace’s chief operating officer for construction, said: “The new arrivals terminal will completely transform Stansted and the experiences of the millions of people that arrive at the airport every year. Mace has a long heritage in the safe and successful delivery of major aviation projects across the world.

“This will be our first major construction project at Stansted since 2008, and we look forward to working closely with Manchester Airports Group to deliver the terminal.”

International arrivals concourse, London Stansted
International arrivals concourse, London Stansted

The arrivals terminal will include larger immigration and baggage reclaim areas, new retail facilities, a public forecourt and improved access for all onward transport options. Once completed, Stansted will be the only UK airport operating dedicated arrivals and departures terminals.

Arrivals terminal, London Stansted
Arrivals terminal, London Stansted

Stansted maintains its position as the fastest growing major airport in the UK and one of the top five fastest growing large airports in Europe. The airport now serves 200 destinations across 40 countries, and offers more scheduled connections to Europe than any other airport in the world, apart from Munich.

Ken O’Toole said: “The strong passenger growth we once again experienced during 2018, and the achievement of passing the 28million passenger milestone for the first time in a 12-month period, reflects our clear commitment to re-invigorate the airport and make it more attractive to airlines and passengers.

“During the year we welcomed six new airlines, including the world-leading Emirates offering a daily service to Dubai and 150 convenient onward connections, and also saw many of our airline partners increase capacity and choice of destinations, particularly Ryanair and Jet2.com.

“Stansted was the fastest growing major airport in the UK during 2018, and one of the fastest growing across Europe, and we are confident we will continue to grow passenger numbers and provide even more choice of airlines and destinations, including building on our work to secure more long-haul services to destinations across China, India and the USA.

“The year ahead will also be significant for our £600million airport transformation project. We have already made great progress but, as we begin the construction phase of our new arrivals building later this spring, we will really see the flagship development of the project take shape.

“We have built real momentum behind our vision for Stansted and, given the strong economic performance of our region, our available runway capacity and investment in new facilities, the airport’s future is very bright.”

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