Gatwick puts together framework for architecture and design

Between three and six practices will be selected in August to form a new Gatwick Airport architecture framework, which will also cover retail environment design.

’Shell and core retail spaces’ will come under the portfolio of the newly appointed groups, according to Alison Addy, communications manager of the Gatwick Airport development team. The framework review follows a spate of work by incumbent architects, initiated by airport owner Global Infrastructure Partners, which is investing £1bn into Gatwick over two years.

Tomorrow a new north terminal interchange opens, designed by Capita Architecture. A new north terminal extension will follow in summer 2011.In the South Terminal Grimshaw Architects has led the design on Pier Two, which is being designed to improve gaterooms for passengers and airfield efficiency.

The forecourt and entrance for the South Terminal will also be developed by the practice. This will serve as the main entrance point to the airport, when it opens in February 2012.

Grimshaw will oversee the interior of the space including the adjoining concourse, which Grimshaw partner Chris Nash says has been designed with improved sightlines ’as checkin desks are stripped out to make way for automated technology’. 3D Reid is refurbishing the immigration hall and security area in the South Terminal, serving 19 search lanes.

Last week Gatwick unveiled new branding (pictured above), designed by Lewis Moberly, to differentiate itself from rival airport London Heathrow. A blue and white identity is accompanied by the strapline ’Your London airport’.

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