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Gibraltar Airport : New Terminal Building
Gibraltar Building – design by 3DReid / bblur Architecture
15 Jan 2013
Gibraltar Airport Building
New Gibraltar Airport unveiled
Design: 3DReid and bblur Architecture
Gibraltar Airport’s uniquely situated new terminal building is modern, dynamic, transparent and airy. Designed by 3DReid and bblur architecture, it is a world class facility which has created opportunities for flights from Spain and the rest of Europe to Gibraltar.
A unique and complex location
A refined and elegant design solution
With over 20 years experience in aviation the design team approached this commission with consideration and empathy, and created an important public space both around and inside the terminal.
A large over-sailing roof, providing shade and shelter to the fully glazed walls which maximise views to the Rock and across the straits toward Africa and the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, reflects the terminal’s aviation function and maritime location.
The forecourt creates a new landscaped park providing a generous welcome to Gibraltar and the airport and an identifiable â€˜place’ at the frontier, a place to meet and greet whether on a local or extended journey.
There are double height spaces within the terminal and an extensive airside roof terrace, designed as an extension to the departures lounge. The terminal which operates over two levels with an area of 19,600sqm has a primary check in and arrivals concourse at ground floor on the West side of the terminal. The terminal was also designed to accommodate entry and exit of passengers directly at the frontier.
Key design attributes
Certain features of the design result from the building’s proximity to the sea. In addition to the need for close attention to detailing and specifications for external elements because of the corrosive marine environment, there was also concern about maintaining the appearance of the glazing, not just from salt-saturated air but also wind-borne sand and dust particles. The design solution includes a special external cleansing system that intermittently rinses the faÃ§ades to eliminate accumulated material. The de-ionised water used in the system further improves the effectiveness of the rinsing process.
Buro Happold’s Fire Engineering developed a holistic fire safety design that integrates a combination of passive and active fire safety measures, along with management measures to combine to give a simple but robust fire strategy for the building. This provides several benefits: offering life safety protection to the large numbers of passengers and staff using the terminal, containing fire and smoke to limited areas, and reducing operational disruption in the event of an incident.
Team definition and roles
During the course of the project delivery bblur architecture was also commissioned to design the interiors of the terminal, and to redesign the terminal forecourt and adjacent public realm with Spacehub. In addition to the main terminal building, 3DReid and bblur architecture have designed the Park & Ride facility, a 6 level multi-storey carpark, on the opposite side of runway.
New Gibraltar Airport Terminal – Building Information
Project team & Key Facts:
Client: Government of Gibraltar
3DReid is an international architecture practice renowned for its innovative thinking and inclusive and collaborative approach. Driven by a team of over 200 individuals the practice operates across five UK studios in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester, with overseas offices in the Middle and Far East, and alliances in Australia, China, India, Russia and Europe. With a project list spanning over 30 years, its portfolio includes many dramatic and award-winning designs.
Peter Farmer, Head of Transport
bblur architecture is a young design led, competition winning architectural practice founded in spring 2008 by Matthew Bedward and Daniel BÃ©rubÃ© and is based in central London. The practice is currently designing a range of cultural, transport related and strategic planning projects.
In its first four years, bblur partner Daniel BÃ©rubÃ©, has led the design and delivery of Gibraltar International Airport Terminal and the multi-storey Park and Ride Facility. bblur has also designed and delivered a series of significant projects in the UK.
These include the innovative sculptural landmark Slough Bus Station which now forms a new and confident gateway to Slough. The practice has also transformed the Streets of Slough with an extensive town wide regeneration of the Public Realm including the creation of a new 400m long boulevard and linear park and new forecourt to the railway Station. This project forms the spine of an ongoing regeneration scheme called â€˜The Heart of Slough’.
Matthew Bedward, founding partner of bblur, was the author of the award winning Farnborough Airport while he was design director at 3DReid. Subsequently bblur architecture was retained by TAG Aviation to design a new Ground Support Facility at Tag Farnborough Airport and complete the vision for Europe’s leading FBO. This building was completed in April 2012.
Most recently bblur completed a new London Visitor attraction at the O2 Dome in Greenwich for AEG Europe. Buro Happold, the lead designer’s asked bblur to assist them in designing and detailing a fabric walkway which enables visitors to climb over the dome to take in the glorious views of East London. As support for this scheme bblur designed two free standing pavilions which act as the â€˜base camps’ for visitors to the attraction.
bblur architecture is currently involved is a series of other exciting projects, a cultural centre in Slough, further airport work and significant master planning schemes in the middle east and has also recently won a commission to design a small cultural facility in La Rioja, Spain.
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