London City starts £16m Western Pier refurb

27 May 2015 by GrahamSmith
Construction work to "transform" London City airport's Western Pier has commenced. The £16 million redevelopment will increase the area where 70 per cent of the facility's departure gates are housed by 1,780 sqm, or 84 per cent. The open-plan space will contain 600 extra seats and new retail and food/beverage options. Western Pier Artist's impression: How the Western Pier will look after the refurbishment finishes The work is expected to complete in summer 2016. Declan Collier, London City's CEO, said: "A record number of people used London City Airport in 2014 and we are on track for another record this year, with some four million passengers expected to travel through. "People choose LCY for its unrivalled location so close to central London, the speed of check-in and arrivals, and for the quality of the experience here. Without development, that experience was at risk of being compromised but this multi-million pound investment will make the new Western Pier a cutting-edge extension of the departure lounge, with a business-class feel throughout, that is accessible to all." Plans for a £200 million expansion at London City were blocked by Mayor Boris Johnson earlier this year (see news, March 27). This does not affect the Western Pier renovation, which is a "permitted development" and so does not require planning permission. Graham Smith
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