Work has started in earnest on the redevelopment of London Gatwick’s North Terminal.
The project is scheduled to be completed in early 2024 and will see more than £10million invested in a multitude of improvements. Passengers will be provided with a more personalised experience – linked to the airport’s new branding and vision – and a relaxing place to spend time, better reflecting London Gatwick’s status as a major international airport.
The modernised departure lounge will feature new flooring and contemporary seating. All seats will have accessible power points, located in differentiated ‘mood zones’, allowing passengers to spend their pre-flight time how they choose, whether relaxing, working or shopping.
A sustainable planting scheme will bring the outside in and is inspired by the beautiful West Sussex countryside. Local artwork will take pride of place, further demonstrating Gatwick’ s connection to the surrounding region.
Improved sightlines and wayfinding, including a new orientation zone with unique digital artwork and content, will make it easier for passengers to experience everything the departure lounge has to offer.
The project, which will be the first major overhaul of the departure lounge since it opened in 1988, started on-site in late May. The redevelopment is also part of a wider multi-million-pound development programme, which includes investment in the train station, modernisation and expansion across the airport, and the airport’s new branding and vision, which was launched in April.
Rachel Bulford, Retail Director, London Gatwick said: “The redevelopment of our North Terminal is aligned with our refreshed brand and vision.
“The new features and layout will make the space easier for our passengers to find their way around and ensure they have a more enjoyable and efficient journey through the departure lounge. The varied seating areas, charging points and pleasant environment will also give passengers the freedom to spend more time doing what they want, whether they’re looking for a space to relax before their flight, do some shopping, sit down for a meal, or send some last-minute emails.
“It’s important that we create a unique sense of place for our passengers, not only through our retail and restaurant provision, but also the look and feel of the departure lounge. We want to recognise Gatwick’s location as a London airport, while also celebrating being in the heart of the South East and all the fantastic things the region has to offer.”
Several new retailers and restaurants, including The Breakfast Club and BrewDog, will open this year, bringing leading London and British brands and exciting experiential features to London Gatwick’s North Terminal.
The airport is also investing in its long-term future and is preparing a planning application to bring the airport’s Northern Runway into regular use, for departures only, alongside its main runway. This low impact plan will improve resilience, reduce delays, and provide a significant boost to the national and regional economy by supporting trade, tourism and new jobs.