Major boost for UK and London economy as London City Airport receives planning permission for expansion
The London City Airport Development Programme (CADP), designed by architects Pascall+Watson, has just been granted planning approval by UK Chancellor Philip Hammond, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid.
London City Airport is used by many UK passengers as an alternative to Heathrow and Gatwick. The expansion will enable the airport to welcome 6.5m passengers by 2025 and inject £1.5bn each year into the economy. CADP is a £344m privately funded investment project, due for completion in 2019.
Pascall+Watson led the development and co-ordination of projects comprising of a series of landmark projects that includes a large scale terminal extension, new multi-storey passenger pier, new baggage system, seven new aircraft parking stands over water and a new multi-modal transport forecourt, exponentially improving passenger experience and providing sorely needed aviation capacity in London.
The new dockside design will include a 260-bedroom airport hotel, parking, car rental and taxi facilities. The airfield works include a new extended parallel taxi lane that improves runway usage, as well as additional aircraft stands to maximise runway capacity at peak times.
Pascall+Watson have extensively incorporated green technologies across the scheme including vast tracts of photovoltaic cells, combining cooling heat and power plant benefitting from day time airport use and night time hotel use, as well as dock source heat exchange systems that exploit the natural resource the Airport so uniquely sits above.
Says Rachel Ness Director of Infrastructure, Strategy and Planning for London City Airport: “Getting a high quality, world-class gateway design was pivotal to our planning success and Pascall+Watson’s unrivalled responsiveness and ‘can do’ approach to operational design changes made them a core team player.”
The infrastructure and passenger facilities will ensure the predicted 6.5 million passengers have minimised travel delays, increase their speed through check-in and arrivals and utilise the additional 32,000 flights per year by 2025. The programme, which will open up new destinations to the Gulf and Middle East, Turkey, Russia and the east coast USA, is in keeping the Airport’s prestigious role as a gateway to London and the UK.
Declan Collier, CEO, London City Airport: “Today, the new Government has shown it is ready to act in the best interests of the British economy. Expansion at London City Airport will create more than 2,000 new jobs in East London, add much-needed aviation capacity in the South East, and generate an additional £750m per year for the UK economy.”
The construction phase of development will create 500 jobs and a further 1,600 jobs once completed. Under the plans the airport can add approximately a further 32,000 flights by 2025, movements which are already permitted, helping to unlock more air capacity within London’s airport system in advance of a new runway for the South East of England.
In conclusion, Martin Neilan, Project Director for Pascall+Watson states: “This has been a long and complex process, so to have this approval is very rewarding indeed. Pascall+Watson has forged a relationship of trust with the Airport and is looking forward to working closely with them in carrying this landmark scheme forward through the coming years”