Trusses signal progress in East Midlands Airport redevelopment
Huge steel trusses have been lifted into place as construction work continues apace on the new security search hall at East Midlands Airport.
Main trusses 23m long by 1.5m deep and weighing five tonnes each were fitted by local company Robinson Structures from Derby.
Main contractor BAM Construction, which has offices in Derby, is overseeing a £12m redevelopment of the airport. This includes reconfiguring the terminal building to create more retail space and extending the terminal front, which will house a new security hall.
Steelwork for the security hall was completed last month, with the facility due to open to the public before the end of this year.
BAM is undertaking a 14-stage overhaul of the airport, which receives around 4 million passengers every year.
Contracts manager Jon Kiteley said: ‘It is great to see the steel frame of the new security search hall taking shape. This is a positive indication of the progress of this important project.
‘We are using a number of local companies on this scheme as we make sure we benefit the local economy and environment as well as the passengers and staff who use the airport.
‘When completed, East Midlands Airport will offer an improved transport experience.’
Nicola McCabe, Head of Customer Services at East Midlands Airport said: “The completion of the steelwork marks a significant point in the redevelopment and we can really see what the new space will look like.
“Improving the customer journey is extremely important to us and we’ve listened to customer feedback to improve the areas that matter most to our passengers.”
“The new security hall will create more space in a lighter environment, while also allowing us to look at installing new technology that aims to make the passenger journey more efficient.
Construction within the airport market is proving valuable to BAM. Its work at East Midlands Airport follows its successful completion of a £3m extension for Newcastle International Airport in 2011. Recently it was one of three selected earlier this summer as preferred bidders for the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) capital delivery framework, which is worth up to £500m over the next five years.
Published on: 26/09/2013 10:13:55