Gatwick airport has awarded a new contract to redevelop its South Terminal to Vinci

Vinci has picked up a £16.5m deal to redevelop Gatwick’s South Terminal.

The contract will concentrate on improvements to the forecourt of the passenger terminal. Developments will include a new coach waiting area, ticket booths, toilets and a new road system.

Gatwick’s director of capital projects, Raymond Melee said: “This is one of our key strategic projects within our near £1bn investment programme, which will improve our service to passengers. Vinci construction UK has a strong track record on safety and extensive experience in challenging airport environments.”

The deal is part of a £30m redevelopment of the terminal which is due to be completed by March 2012, in time for the London Olympics. A £53m redevelopment of the airport’s rail station is also due to go ahead, though it is dependent on approval from the Department for Transport.