This approach differs from A, in that it takes a more imaginative leap into the world of 2035 and beyond with a new replacement terminal.

  • The new building would be sited centrally within an enlarged site, allowing for both a more rational airport layout, and the incorporation of much of its ‘back of house’ functions within the under-croft substructure (as described under Scenario A). The topography and the central siting of the terminal would provide the ‘front of house’ with an opportunity for an exciting architectural statement.

 

  • The terminal’s iconic ‘gateway’ architecture would be set within imaginative urban space, a plaza at the very heart of the airport. This could take the form of an amphitheatre (taking advantage of the site’s slope), providing a venue for community or commercial
    events, as well as setting for other key buildings, including a public transport interchange and hotels. One option would be to incorporate a potential rail/mass transit station below the plaza and adjoining public spaces.

  • This approach would be mirrored on the southern side, where a secondary ‘check-in’ facility could provide users of the extensive Silver Zone area with a more convenient service. Subterranean tunnels for passenger and baggage transport access directly to the new terminal would bring a step change in the travel experience.

  • Other elements of this scenario, (including land acquisition) would be similar to those described in Scenario A.