Farrans to build Leeds Bradford Airport extension


Farrans Construction has been appointed to deliver a terminal extension at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA). 

It marks the first phase of a more than £100 million regeneration programme at the site, approved by Leeds City Council. 

Last year planning delays saw £150 million plans for a new terminal abandoned, forcing LBA owners back to an earlier proposal that had consent, according to the BBC.  

A three-storey extension will be built on to the existing terminal, spanning 9,500 sq m, alongside a significant refurbishment.  

A larger baggage reclaim area and immigration hall, additional aircraft stands, and new shops and eateries will also be constructed. 

Other features include more seating, improved accessibility for passengers, and faster security points. 

New heating and lighting systems and machinery, including new baggage belts, could help LBA to decarbonise its operations, it said. 

Credit: Farrans.

Farrans said it will work with community groups, charities and schools to create local employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities. 

The regeneration has the potential to create 5,500 direct and indirect jobs at LBA by 2030, it claimed.  

The work is set to commence in autumn and is expected to complete in 2026. 

“We have had a strong connection to Leeds for many years, having delivered a number of important transport and infrastructure projects in the area,” said Cathal Montague, regional director at Farrans Construction. 

“We are looking forward to bringing the vision for its next stage to life through the extension and modernisation of the terminal.  

“This project will be a major boost to the construction industry with jobs created through apprenticeships, direct labour and supply chain.” 

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