Addressing forecasted demand
In the 30 years since London City Airport’s first commercial flight, it has experienced sustained growth and now annually handles 80,000 aircraft movements and 4.5 million passengers. The existing DLR station, also designed by us, has played a key part in that growth, and brings passengers to the Airport in increasing number. Developing additional links between the station and airport is a pivotal part of the Airport’s Development Programme which will increase capacity and address the forecast demand.
Our study carefully struck a balance between maintaining the architectural quality of the existing station and formulating a rigorous construction methodology,taking into account the significant constraints of the site and the time frame.
A unique competitive advantage
Working closely with London City Airport and the DLR, the project was split into three primary elements, the roof canopy, platform support and the terminal connection in order to design the most appropriate solution to meet the stakeholder’s operational requirements, growth demands and project drivers.
Through use of daylight and form, the proposal offers an experience for fast track customers that compliments and builds upon the existing DLR station. Combined with the unprecedented direct connection to pre-security, our design generates a unique competitive advantage over other London airports for business travellers, which form 60% of London City Airport’s customers.