East Midlands Airport has unveiled plans for a £12 million terminal upgrade project that will improve the passenger experience and make it as simple, intuitive and efficient as possible.
The project includes a major refurbishment of the security search area and a reconfigured terminal layout, with further planned investment in 2013 to enhance the airports shopping experience and introduce new leading high street brands.
Tim McDermott, general manager, East Midlands Airport, said, “Over the years the airport has developed the terminal building with a number of significant projects; including an extension to the arrivals area, construction of a bus interchange and an environmentally friendly pier, housing additional aircraft gates. However, this is the first time in 17 years that East Midlands Airport has made this level of investment in the terminal building.
“It is incredibly important that the airport continues to develop its facilities and services to meet both current and future market demands, improve the journey for its passengers and also adapt as the industry continues to evolve."
In keeping with the airport’s strong environmental record, the refurbishment also incorporates new environmental features, including replacing existing lighting and chillers and using natural daylight and ventilation, leading to an approximate saving of 315 tonnes of carbon emissions and a 15% reduction in energy usage. In addition, the exterior of the building will incorporate a strong design that reflects the local area.
Preparation works will begin in the next few weeks and the project is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2013. During this time, the terminal building will remain operational and to ensure that disruption to passengers is kept to a minimal, the project will be completed in phases.