Bristol Airport set for expansion

Bristol Airport set for expansion

Thirteen different contractors have been selected to carry out work on the expansion of Bristol Airport.

The contractors have been split into two groups of seven, labelled ‘civil engineering’ and ‘building’, with Morgan Sindall making an appearance in both categories.

Having already completed work on other airports across the UK, the construction and regeneration firm has been deemed deserving of a place on both aspects of the build.

In addition to the necessary expansion work which will provide an increased capacity of ten million at the airport, the construction of various renewable energy generators is also set to feature on site.

A biomass facility will provide heat for the airport, and wind turbines will help to create renewable energy. It is hoped these measures will put a dent in the carbon footprint of the airport, especially following an expansion.

New public transport links, parking stands, two multi-storey car parks and an on-site hotel are other proposals featured in the construction framework.

The airport passenger terminal is to double in size, with extensions to be added to both the east and west sides of the building. The greater capacity will facilitate more space at security and immigration, as well as providing increased passenger comfort.

Extensions to the apron, where aircraft are parked, are also set to go ahead, alongside the construction of two walkways to allow passengers to walk between the terminal buildings and aircraft. 

Public transport links and efficiency will be increased, with the inclusion of pick-up and drop-off points at the top of the multi-storey car park, as well as a public transport interchange for buses and coaches. More car parking space will be included at the north of the airport. 

The two final construction features will be the inclusion of an underground storage facility for fuel, and office buildings for airport and airline staff located next to the existing control tower.

Another firm featured on the framework list is Bristol based ISG. South west managing director John Rawlinson said that it was a huge success for the company to secure a place on the project development framework.