The Design Solution appointed to support Bristol Airport expansion

By Faye Bartle |

Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport’s latest expansion project will support the development of its two levels of commercial space.

The Design Solution (TDS) has been appointed by Bristol Airport to support the latest phase of its expansion, which will boost capacity from the current 10 million passengers per annum to 12 million per annum.

TDS is tasked with providing specialist support in commercial planning and design for the airport, which is a key transport hub for south-west England.

The project is focused on the terminal building, increasing space in the departures area by designing the use of voids and internal roads to create an improved terminal.

This will ‘enhance the quality of the passenger experience’ while also supporting the development of the airport’s current two levels of commercial space.

“Bristol Airport has a proven, highly proactive approach to driving the efficiency of its operations, consistently focussing on the quality of the passenger experience and the airport’s vital role in the region,” said Andrew Goodenough, Infrastructure Director, Bristol Airport.

“Our latest expansion programme has been driven by the increased demands of both leisure travellers and business needs across the region and we are delighted to have the specialist planning support of The Design Solution once again.

“The airport’s growth to 12 million passengers per annum will create thousands of new jobs in the years ahead, open up new direct air links and further support inbound tourism.

“We are integrating a range of enhanced environmental projects in this expansion and will continue to develop the airport in a responsible way while maintaining our commitment to being a net zero airport operation by 2030.”

Bristol Airport

Left: TDS Director Graeme Johns. Right: Andrew Goodenough, Infrastructure Director, Bristol Airport.

Bristol Airport’s distinctive three-storey layout presents “added challenges in the quest to optimise the use of space”, according to TDS.

Passengers enter and check-in on the ground floor and the commercial offer is presented across two upper floors, with security and duty free and specialist retail offer on the first floor and food & beverage positioned on the floor above, alongside the departures area.

It marks the fifth time that TDS has supported Bristol Airport’s development, in a relationship spanning 25 years.

“It is always particularly satisfying for us to have airport clients come back with further projects as they evolve,” said TDS Director Graeme Johns.

“Amazingly, this is the fifth time we have worked with Bristol. Our relationship goes from the 1997 planning of its new terminal – with a capacity of just 2.5 million passengers – all the way to the current plan to raise capacity to 12 million passengers per year.

“We first became involved with them shortly after their new terminal received planning permission in 1997, subsequently opening in 2000. It was only the third airport client for us, after Gatwick and Heathrow projects.

“Since then, we have partnered with the airport in each of its four major development phases, culminating in today’s planning for a new capacity five times bigger than the original building was designed for,” said TDS Director Graeme Johns.

“Since its 2000 opening, the airport has responded to huge increases in overall demand from the low-cost carrier revolution and the extra space required for security operations.

“It remains one of the UK’s most loved regional airports and stands as proof that smart commercial strategies and a high-quality passenger experience are not mutually exclusive.”

Within its latest development programme, Bristol Airport is investing over £60m in creating a new public transport hub to further smooth the way for passengers to and from the airport.

It is also developing new lounge facilities to support the passenger experience.

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