Vinci Construction has been awarded a £16.5m construction contract worth £16.5m to transform Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal forecourt.
The work is part of a £1bn investment programme to modernise the airport by its new owners.
It will provide a spacious entrance for passengers arriving at the South Terminal, with new flooring and lighting. New lifts will be installed to take passengers to the upper level of the forecourt from the ground level.
At ground level, a new coach waiting area, including ticket facilities and toilets, will be built for scheduled coach operations.
The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2012, in time for the London Olympics.
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.
“We’re excited about these great new facilities for South Terminal and hope the Department for Transport gives the go ahead to the planned £53 million investment in the Gatwick Airport rail station which, alongside our investment, will deliver a real world-class welcome at the second busiest gateway to the UK.”