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11 Mar 2011

HOK announced Master Architect on Gatwick Airport Building

Design: HOK, Architects


HOK London has been selected for the role of Master Architect on the Gatwick Airport £1 billion investment programme, its fourth major aviation project in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Raymond Melee, director of capital projects at Gatwick commented, “HOK was chosen as Master Architect for their considerable experience in airport planning and design, and expertise in delivering projects of this scale and complexity. Their team showed a real understanding of goals behind the project and we are delighted to have them on board as we take another exciting step forward towards transforming Gatwick into London’s airport of choice for the future.”

HOK Director, Andrew Barraclough said: “HOK is committed to operational and architectural excellence and has a strong track record of delivering complex aviation and transportation projects that prioritise striking design with functional and practical considerations. We’re delighted to have been selected for the role of Master Architect and look forward to working with Gatwick to transform the airport and make the passenger journey through the airport easier and more enjoyable.”


HOK is one of the world’s most acclaimed architectural design firms with over 2,000 staff in 25 offices around the globe. It celebrates diversity through geographic reach, project genre and the talents of its multi-disciplined design professionals.

HOK has extensive experience in UK aviation and transportation design, having designed:
• London Heathrow’s state-of-the-art transport interchange at Terminal 5
• Cork Airport’s 25,000 square metre passenger terminal
• Dublin’s new Airport City including 600,000 square metres of office space and 40,000 square metres of retail, hotel and conference facilities.

HOK London also has extensive international aviation and transportation credentials. It recently unveiled designs for the expansion of Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) Terminal 1 and provided architecture and programming services for the newly opened Terminal 3 at Delhi International Airport, which was recently awarded the 2010 British Construction Industry Award for Best International Project.

Current projects in the UK and further afield comprise: News International, BBC, Bolsover Street, London, UK; Barts & The London NHS Trust, London, UK; Delhi Airport, India; The National Assembly, Kuwait; The British Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia and the Central Bank of Kuwait. HOK is also currently designing UKCMRI, a world-leading medical research centre in London.

Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the busiest single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 200 destinations (more than any other UK airport) in 90 countries for around 33 million passengers a year on short- and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South-East region, generating around 23,000 on-airport jobs and a further 13,000 jobs through related activities. The airport is 28 miles south of London with excellent public transport links, including the award-winning Gatwick Express. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.

Gatwick Airport Investment Programme

Gatwick is investing £1 billion over the next three years to modernise the airport facilities and improve the passenger experience. Investment in the South Terminal is geared towards upgrading the 1950s building facilities to create a more modern, contemporary space, fit for the 21st century. Investment in the North Terminal is designed to support an increase in capacity to accommodate a further 10 million passengers each year.

Gatwick Airport – South Terminal
• £30 million on a new entrance and improved terminal forecourt
• £160 million on replacing pier one and delivering a new baggage handling system, which will transform the check-in experience
• £34 million on a significantly extended and enhanced departure lounge, giving passengers more space and a greater choice of retail outlets
• £40 million on refurbishing and upgrading all the ‘gate rooms’ and reorganising how existing piers are used to promote efficiency
• £47 million on a new, significantly larger central security search area, which will be easier to find and more operationally efficient
• £8 million on a new immigration hall, with a new lay-out and interior and design aimed at reducing waiting times.

Gatwick Airport – North Terminal
• £45 million on a new inter-terminal shuttle station and terminal entrance (completed in June 2010 – two months ahead of schedule)
• £76 million on extending the terminal building to allow faster check-in, more space, improved wayfinding and more capacity at baggage collection in the arrivals hall
• £17 million on almost 1,200 new short stay car parking spaces next to the terminal

Gatwick Airport Building information from HOK, Architects


Address: Gatwick Airport, West Sussex RH6 0NP, UK

Phone: 0844 892 0322

Location: Gatwick Airport, London, England, UK

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