A new international passenger terminal has been added to a terminal at Newcastle International Airport. The addition, along with the refurbishment of the existing terminal, cost £27m and increases the airport's capacity to 4 million passengers a year. Designed by Crispin Wride Architectural Design Studio and engineer Gibb, it is the first of four phases planned for the long-term expansion of the airport. Wride's design is basically two rectangular boxes standing side by side, one a double-height concourse with 18 check-in desks, the other accommodating a departures lounge above a baggage reclaim hall. A central spine of security controls, offices and services separates the two boxes. Curved aerofoil-shaped trusses to the roofs and entrance canopy add visual sophistication. Construction cost for the new 13 500 m2extension was £1200/m2, the same as Bristol.