• Client Cardiff International Airport

  • Type Airport

  • Location Cardiff

Work has commenced on Cardiff Airport’s Next Generation Security facility. With an expected growth in passenger numbers, coupled with UK Government’s legislative requirements, Cardiff Airport aims to extend its customer airport experience with the redevelopment and overhaul of its central search facility.

Following the airport’s expansion and refurbishment of the airport’s customer facilities, the redevelopment of the central search system aims to be a natural extension to optimise the passenger experience.

We were appointed to assist Cardiff International Airport and deliver the new central search facility and the continuation of the airport’s 2040 Masterplan.

Improving the Passenger Experience

Following an options analysis with stakeholders, the new circa. 2,200m² layout creates the opportunity for a new and improved landside food and beverage and additional airside retail space. The redevelopment will also feature new scanner lines with parallel PRM/VIP lines, providing a faster and easier pre-flight security process for Cardiff Airport’s passengers.

Through collaboration with our clients and stakeholders, we integrated a phased approach into our designs to ensure the airport continues to operate with the least possible disruption. Through thorough analysis of the existing building, space allocation and passenger movement, we designed new access routes, including new queuing zones, new redress areas, and the installation of new scanner lines and boarding scanners to create an efficient and welcoming environment.

Enabling works will begin during the winter period, which will see the old café, and defunct M&E stripped out in preparation for the first-floor fit-out. The new food and beverage offering will be created in time for the summer of 2023, followed by the state-of-the-art security scanning facility, which will be in place by June 2024.

Gateway to the City

Once completed, the airport will have the capacity to offer screening services to its passengers and facilitate a faster and simpler process for airport passengers.

Completion is expected in April 2024.