Major work to build Teesside International Airport’s new Sky Bar, viewing platform and office space has begun today (20 December), as part of the next phase of the airport’s transformation.
Both the landside Sky Bar and at-height viewing platform will be located in what is currently the ageing office space next to the security area. The new development will give passengers and public alike the chance to see, in comfort and style, the growing number of flights that will depart and arrive at Teesside.
The 1,360sq m of office space being created will consist of a new steel frame extension and replace the old disused and dilapidated buffet restaurant area and offices transforming it in a two-floor bar, offering a modern and flexible space for business.
From today, the current viewing platform, drop-off point and short-stay car park are closing to the public so that work can begin. The drop-off/short-stay will temporarily move to the main car park but the usual parking charges for these services will continue to apply.
Visitors to Fairs-Lloyds Travel and the Landside Café can still do so, and those customers will still receive two hours of free parking by obtaining a pass from the terminal.
The scheme of works will start in January with the removal of cladding from the terminal building and demolition of external walls by a former courtyard. From February, the setting of foundations and the erection of the new steel frame extension and roof will begin. The viewing platform is due to be completed and open by May.
Work will be carried out by local firms Wharton Construction, 186 Property Solutions and ADL Developments, which have all previously been part of the terminal’s multimillion-pound redevelopment.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “This latest work will see a fantastic new area created where people can kick back, relax and enjoy the best views in the country of aircraft taking off and landing.
“2022 will be the airport’s busiest summer in years, with Ryanair committed to the same popular destinations it brought to us this year. It will also see the return of TUI, the world’s leading holiday company, after nine years, so people can be assured there’ll be plenty to see.
“Obviously there may be a small amount of disruption in the car park while this work is carried out, but this will be kept to a minimum and I’d like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
“As ever, we’re backing our brilliant local businesses as we continue our redevelopment, with the trusted specialist contractors back on site for this new phase, which begins our plans to capitalise on the airport’s land and assets with top-quality office space.
“This will temporarily become home to the Combined Authority, saving the taxpayer thousands, but it is only the first in many exciting plans we have for the wider airport site. These will drive more investment and income streams for the airport and attract companies that will create good-quality, well-paid jobs for people across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool.”
For a full list of destinations served by Teesside International Airport, visit www.teessideinternational.com