Work to run rule over designs on hold because of covid-19

Stansted has said it cannot give a timetable of when it might restart work on its £600m expansion project, with the airport confirming a review of the project is still suspended.

In December Building revealed Bryden Wood had been brought in to run the rule over the scheme.

Stansted Arrivals Terminal, by Pascall & Watson Architects

Source: Pascall & Watson Architects

It was understood that the multi-disciplinary firm was asked to work on a revised plan for a £150m arrivals building (pictured) which had been drawn up by transport specialist Pascall + Watson and was due to open in late 2020.

But the airport has said the review remains suspended due to the global covid-19 pandemic.

Mace was appointed to the contract, originally expected to cost £130m, last year.

An airport spokesperson said: “The airport’s focus is currently on protecting the long-term prospects of the business and reducing costs where possible.”

The project would also have seen the existing Norman Foster-designed terminal converted into a facility for departures only.

In May, Birmingham Airport confirmed the impact of the coronavirus crisis has forced it to suspend work on its £500m expansion plan – despite breaking ground on its terminal extension earlier this year.

The expansion is designed to cater for an expected 40% rise in passenger numbers by 2033.

Mace is construction manager for the full programme, including the terminal extension, while demolition specialist Careys was also on site.