A well-designed and efficiently organised terminal allows for a reduced footprint and enhanced passenger experience by facilitating easier wayfinding, shorter transfer times, and improved accessibility. The inclusion of soft zones such as offices in the internal layout of the terminal adjacent to processing areas, and careful location of back of house facilities are just a couple of ways in which an existing design can allow for the incremental increase of processing facilities as footfall grows.
The concept of replacing manual Baggage Handling Systems with an automated counterpart is unconventional and presents challenges associated with customs and security regulations, however if successfully addressed could release a significant amount of space and allow for shorter transfer times. Harnessing other technologies such as Digital Twins can provide operators with the ability to monitor passenger flow and building maintenance, and therefore pre-empt future requirement.
By facilitating seamless integration with public transportation systems, airports can significantly reduce their environmental impact, alleviate road congestion, and enhance passenger mobility. Our design for the expansion of Heathrow West, for example, incorporates a covered multi-modal transport interchange which includes a railway station, hotels and below ground parking; allowing passengers to safely and conveniently arrive by train, bus, car or even by bicycle.