Ports of Jersey has launched its Master Plan for Jersey Airport, which will see the removal of airfield obstacles, construction of a new arrivals facility, relocation of the airport's rescue & fire service building as well as improvements to the passenger pier.
The arrivals building was constructed in 1937 with significant additions and alterations to the original site added in the subsequent decades meaning very little remains of the original building, which was constructed using a steel frame and poured concrete process. It is representative of an 'art deco' style of early aviation history, with similar representations in the UK, including Shoreham/Brighton, Birmingham and Liverpool.
Between October 20111 and July 2012 demolition took place of the top two floors of the arrivals building, which had previously housed the former air traffic control room prior to its relocation to a new facility and the Aviator Restaurant, which had ceased trading some years previously. The removal of these floors also saw the clearing of substantial asbestos from this area. The cost of this project was circa £1.3m.
However, the arrivals terminal building and nearby Jersey Hangar and Fire Service station are still deemed to be 'obstacles', compromising the safe operation of flights in and out of Jersey and must be removed. Planning permission was granted in February 2014 to remove the current arrivals facility.
Over the past 18 months Ports of Jersey has developed its Master Plan for Jersey Airport, addressing the following key priorities:
* Address the key regulatory issues, such as removing the obstacles from the airfield, comply with the 30 metre stand off in front of both terminal buildings and ensure Jersey Airport remains compliant in terms of safety and security;
* Allow us to cater for expected business growth, welcoming nowadays much larger aircraft and dealing with the increasing traffic flow of aircraft and passengers during 'peak' times;
* Improve the passenger journey experience and allow us to develop further commercial opportunities.
Key Projects to be addressed as part of Stage One
* Remove Hangar 4 building and replace with a new maintenance building;
* Remove the existing arrivals building and construct a temporary facility for the duration of the works programme;
* Construct a new arrivals building;
* Widen the passenger pier and upgrade and realign the aircraft stands;
* Redevelop the immigration facilities and extend the baggage reclaim offering;
* Construct a new airport Fire Service facility.
At the launch of the Master Plan in July 2016, Group CEO for Ports of Jersey, Doug Bannister, said: "We
don’t have all the details as yet and these will come from the individual
projects as we develop the plans further but this is an exciting new era at Jersey Airport. As an organisation we acknowledge the need to make these
necessary safety improvements if we are to remain operationally compliant but
at the same time it allows us the opportunity to invest in the future and
create an airport that everyone can be proud of”.
As with all investment over the past five years, Ports of Jersey is not seeking government support in the funding of these developments but investments will be made instead from its commercial returns. The investment profile is consistent with its Long Term Capital Programme, but the actual phasing will be pursuant to cash flows during the next 5 to 10 years and estimated to be up to £65 million.