Watson Batty Architects appointed on US$16.5m airport extension


UK-based Watson Batty Architects has been appointed by Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) to design the new arrivals extension, departure pier and internal modeling at the airport.

Work on the £12.5m (US$16.5m) three-story extension will include a transformed international arrivals process as well as improved departure gates, seating areas and new retail and food and beverage outlets.

The appointment follows an ongoing brief for Watson Batty to support extension works planned as part of the airports’ Route to 2030: Strategic Development Plan.

Peter White, managing director at Watson Batty, said, “We are delighted to cement our partnership with Leeds Bradford Airport with our biggest project to date. We have worked closely with the team at LBA over the last six years, assisting with detailed collaboration and consultation, to support a series of enabling projects, both airside and landside. It is rewarding to know that our transport expertise is helping to build the future of a critical northern hub.”

Watson Batty has previously assisted LBA to improve circulation and flow of passengers around the terminal. It designed the new departure lounge extension in 2017, which provided an additional storey and mezzanine floor to Gate Five.

It designed a 150m-long (490ft), three-lane covered, external walkway from the terminal together with a major departure gate refurbishment. Watson Batty also re-planned the passenger scanning area, providing new feature lifts to help increase the efficiency of people movement and wheelchair access.

Read more about the LBA extension here.


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