Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is submitting fresh plans to build a state-of-the-art terminal, which aims to dramatically improve passenger experience, deliver one of the UK’s most environmentally efficient airport buildings, 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 demand, 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.
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.
LBA received consent to expand its existing terminal in January 2019 and the airport’s current roadmap signposts a target of seven million passengers by 2030.
This proposal marks the start of an extensive consultative process and residents across Yorkshire are invited to submit 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 Capital.
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 perception 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 challenges we know our passengers face far too frequently and that cannot be overcome within our current building. 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.
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, commented: 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.
The current terminal is not fit for purpose. It was built in the 1960’s and modelled on a WW2 bomber station.
Instead of continuing to make piecemeal additions, we will replace it with a state-of-the-art building which will improve the public’s journey from beginning to end.
It will alleviate baggage hall and security queues, add shopping and dining facilities, and allow us to shorten the journey to the planes, avoiding passengers being ferried on diesel buses or walking, upgrading the total travel experience for passengers and the public, adding light and flow to the passenger journey.
We know that our passengers want a more efficient, modern and passenger friendly experience that is fit for the future.
This will be a state-of-the-art building with a smaller physical footprint, becoming one of the most environmentally efficient terminals in the UK, that will be rated ‘Excellent’ under the internationally recognised Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), a standard only a handful of other Airport terminal buildings across the world have achieved.
The building will maximise energy efficiency in both heating and lighting and incorporate a wide range of best-practice sustainability initiatives, reducing the embodied carbon in new building materials, electric vehicle charging points and sustainable drainage measures.
While we won’t be growing any larger, we will be growing smarter and more sustainably, achieving a target of net zero emissions from our operations on the ground by 2023.
As Leeds Council have stated, if the North was a separate country it would be the world’s 21st largest economy – and Leeds Bradford Airport is central to that success.
The Airport has an important role to play in supporting economic growth through improved connectivity. Increased productivity comes from the role the airport plays in connecting businesses and people with investors, clients and customers across Europe.
In 2018, LBA’s economic impact was estimated at £475m, supporting almost 7200 jobs. The North of England is potential powerhouse for industry, manufacturing and technology, all of which needs aviation to thrive and work towards a sustainable future.
Yorkshire is at the forefront of a dynamic and growing UK and is the undisputed leader within the Northern Powerhouse - with a local economy worth £69 billion, a workforce of 1.4 million people and over 7 million within an hour's drive - it is the largest contributor to UK GDP in the Northern Powerhouse.
Businesses such as Channel 4, First Direct, Arla Foods, Asda, Morrisons, Capita and Sky are headquartered in the region. It remains one of the leading locations in the UK for foreign and direct investment, according to EY's (Ernst & Young) annual Attractiveness Survey.
The Barclays SME Growth Factors Index 2017 named Bradford is the best city in the UK to start a business, while Rightmove has named Leeds as the best English city to set up a business in a co-working space, and the city has the highest concentration of scale-ups outside of London.
At 845,000 sq ft, the Leeds office sector has the largest volume of office floorspace under construction in the history of the Leeds Crane Survey, published by Deloitte. HMRC are taking up the largest office space requirement the city has ever seen by relocating 6,000 civil servants in a 380,000 sq ft building in the city centre.
This upgrade will provide a sustainable terminal fit for the future, to enable us to meet our planned capacity responsibly, and for carbon emissions from our operations to reach net zero significantly faster than current Local and Central Government targets.
Leeds Bradford Airport’s (LBA) 'Route to 2030' Strategic Development Plan (SDP) final Masterplan document informs stakeholders and the local community of the airport’s likely growth and development to 2030. This document was published in March 2017, replacing LBA’s 2005 Masterplan.
Alongside the SDP sits the Surface Access Strategy (SAS) which has also been updated to set out short, medium and long term plans for improving surface transport to the region. Both documents can be downloaded below:
The public consultation period ran from 3 March 2016 to 30 April 2016 and the airport arranged a series of locations for the documents to be viewed during that time.