Hydrock wins Bristol Airport design contract

Bristol Airport in England

Hydrock has been selected as the civil and structural designer for the new west terminal extension at Bristol Airport in North Somerset, UK.

Under the terms of the contract, the Hydrock team will work on the 3,600m² west terminal extension, which is the first stage of a planned multi-million pound development to be carried out over the next ten years.

Hydrock project director Jerry King said: "Bristol Airport is a significant gateway to Bristol and the South West and we are delighted to be involved in this prestigious project."

The west terminal extension will be a three-storey structure, incorporating a single storey basement consisting of mainly concrete frame construction but with a steel frame to the front elevation.

The Hydrock team will start working on the initial scheme design to prepare employer's requirements documentation by the start of summer 2012.

The company will implement the project along with a larger design team, which includes McAlister Armstrong & Partners as the architect, while Hulley and Kirkwood will be providing building services and Ward Williams will be acting as quantity surveyors.

The structural design of the new building will have to take into account geotechnical issues and safety measures to make the building blast-resistant.

After the extension is completed, the airport will be able to handle ten million passengers per year and the larger expansion programme will include a second extension to build an east terminal pier and walkway, hotel and multi-storey car parking.

Two multi-storey car parks will be located north of the terminal with a capacity to accommodate 3,850 cars in total.

As part of the development plan, the aircraft parking apron will be expanded, and a new underground fuel storage depot will be built within the vicinity of the western perimeter of the north side car park.

A new three-storey administration building with a floor space of 4,800m² will be constructed to the north west of the expanded terminal.

The north side internal access road layout will be reconfigured to accommodate the new infrastructure and buildings, to improve vehicle circulation through the airport complex and enhance safety and security.

A new Silver Zone reception building will be built in the centre of the Silver Zone car park.

The plan also includes a number of support and other ancillary developments and facilities, including a flight catering building, airline support building and motor transport building.

The planning permission for the development and enhancement of the airport has been granted by North Somerset Council.


Image: The 3,600m² west terminal extension will be a three-storey structure and two multi-storey car parks will be located north of the terminal. Photo: Hydrock.