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London City Airport Expansion
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London City Airport is 13 minutes away from Canary Wharf and allows passengers a bird’s-eye view of many of London’s world-famous landmarks on the approach to the airport, which is located within London’s Royal Docks.
The City Airport Development Programme aims to provide additional infrastructure and passenger facilities to enable the airport to serve a predicted 6.5 million passengers per year by 2025. The programme, which includes a significant terminal extension, new multi-storey passenger pier, new aircraft parking stands, the replacement of the new multi-modal transport forecourt. And first UK airport to install digital air traffic control tower, with its planes controlled from 80 miles away.
A live feed from the 14 high-definition cameras and two cameras able to pan, tilt and zoom will be sent via fibre cables to a new operations room built at the Swanwick base of NATS, Britain's air traffic control provider.
One of the major elements of work is the new 75,000m² concrete decks above King George V Dock. This vitally important structure, which is essentially us creating new ‘land’, will be supported by 1,000 steel columns (aka ‘piles’) and support new infrastructure like the parallel taxiway and the western terminal extension.
Changes in the Forecourt
Over the coming weeks, several significant changes in the layout and operation of the forecourt will be phased in.
PHASE 1 - Passenger Pick up Area changed on 26th September
The vehicle pick-up area moved directly in front of City Aviation House (CAH) on Wednesday 26th September – with the access route also changing. Vehicles now enter from the west of CAH, via a newly constructed ramp. The route follows a one-way system, with vehicles exiting from the car park barriers.
In addition, the pedestrian walkway from the terminal to the on-site car park has changed. The construction area, highlighted in grey in the diagram, has expanded to make way for additional works to take place along the dock edge as part of the piling process. Access on foot will be via an uncovered walkway, which is highlighted in green.
PHASE 2 – Changes to Drop Off during first half of October
From mid-October you’ll really start to see some big changes as our new temporary forecourt lay-out comes into effect. The diagram on the right shows how we will have new areas for drop-off, taxi pick-up and TfL & staff buses. Additionally, there will be a new area created for coaches to park and taxis to queue.
The direction of the one-way traffic flow for drop-off will reverse. Vehicles will now enter west to east i.e. from the terminal entrance and exiting to the west of CAH. The final change involves the entrance to the terminal building. You will no longer be able to access from the side of the terminal; instead the entrance will be directly under the ‘London City Airport’ sign.
Piling & Decking
Piling works commenced in June 2018 with piling rigs into the dock. The first daytime piling commenced in August with 50 piles being completed to date. In preparation for the start of deck construction in September (the 7.5-hectare concrete platform that will sit on top of the columns) the CADP contractor received the first batch of pre-cast concrete beams from Ireland on 1st August, for construction of the new taxiway. In addition, the granite blocks from the partial demolition of the south dock road are being offered to local authorities for re-use. The saw cutting works are carried out during daytime operation hours and lifted with cranes during night shifts.
Construction of the 50-metre tall Digital Air Traffic Control Tower - 32 metres higher than the existing version – commenced in June 2018. The ground floor walls and first-floor slabs have been installed to create the base for the tower, and last month Buckingham and Carneys successfully completed the roof of the now two-storey concrete building.
From early November, pre-fabricated steel sections manufactured in Portugal by a Portuguese firm called Bysteel, will be delivered to London City for assembly in to four tower sections – each approximately 9 metres in length. The tower lift will begin in December, with the tower ready for camera installation by Christmas.