LBA plans more efficient and sustainable terminal building


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LBA plans more efficient and sustainable terminal building
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Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is submitting fresh plans to build a state-of-the-art terminal, which aims to dra-
matically improve passenger experience, deliver one of the UK’s most environmentally efficient airport build-
ings, and support greater economic prosperity for the Leeds City Region, Yorkshire and the North.

These new plans, to be submitted in spring 2020, replace the recently consented scheme and the existing
terminal building, with a more efficient and sustainable development. The plans propose the construction of a
three floor, 34,000 sq. mt. terminal on an alternative site within the airport’s boundary.

If approved, this upgrade would create a modern airport terminal, classified as ‘excellent’ by the BREEAM
sustainability standard, which is awarded only to the most environmentally efficient buildings internationally.
Completion of the terminal would also enable LBA to meet its target of net zero carbon emissions from airport
operations by 2023.

The scheme would deliver significantly enhanced facilities, allowing LBA to meet its expected passenger de-
mand, with improved level of service and efficiency. Features to enhance the passenger experience include
better surface access, with the site located nearer to the proposed rail link, clean and airy interiors, improved
shopping, restaurants and bars and excellent access and comfort through from arrival to boarding.


Hywel Rees, Chief Executive of Leeds Bradford Airport, said:

“This proposed development is hugely exciting for Leeds Bradford Airport and the North and replaces our
previously approved plans. For more than 55 years, LBA has provided an international gateway to and from
Yorkshire. Our vision is to serve our region as a truly outstanding airport and to profoundly change the percep-
tion and reality of customer experience for passengers. To do this we need a terminal that meets the needs of
the future in passenger flow and energy efficiency.

“This proposal is not about growing beyond our predicted capacity; it is about meeting the same demand in a
more efficient way, with a smaller environmental footprint; it is about creating a more modern building that can
achieve operational excellence to give passengers the best experience; and it is about addressing the chal-
lenges we know our passengers face far too frequently and that cannot be overcome within our current build-
ing.

“We’re confident that our vision will deliver an airport building that is better placed to support our region’s
economic growth and become one that Yorkshire can be proud of.”

LBA’s existing terminal, built in 1965, is 15th busiest in the UK by passenger numbers. LBA contributed £475m
to the local economy in 2018, employing around 2,500 people and supporting over 7,200 jobs.
Aviation Minister, Paul Maynard, said:

“Leeds Bradford Airport is the global gateway to one of the most beautiful parts of the world, so it is vital
passengers get the world class service this new terminal will provide. The new building will be more sustainable
and efficient, helping the airport meet its net zero carbon emissions target by 2023, while boosting the local
economy and securing thousands of jobs.”

Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership said:

“There has long been an understanding that regional airports form a vital part of providing connectivity to
access global markets, attracting inward investment, and enabling a sharing of cultures. The plans to improve
Leeds Bradford Airport are crucial and form a key part of the wider Northern Powerhouse and national aviation
strategy, with environmental sustainability, including closer access to rail links, once built, critical.

“We must see investment like this to enhance our connectivity in order to drive our ambitions and rebalance
the British economy, with Yorkshire as part of the wider North enabled to achieve transformational growth for
the benefit of those living here and the next generation.”

LBA received consent to expand its existing terminal in January 2019 and the airport’s current roadmap sign-
posts a target of seven million passengers by 2030.

Today marks the start of an extensive consultative process and residents across Yorkshire are invited to sub-
mit their views on the plans in due course. If approved, it is anticipated that work could begin before the end
of 2020, with the terminal completed in early-2023. The project will be privately funded by LBA’s owners AMP
 
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On a positive note, the proposed new terminal will be situated at the East end of the apron and as such it will provide a noise buffer to people living in Horsforth and Cookridge nearby.
 
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