London City Airport required an expansion and upgrading proposal that would allow the airport to serve between 5-8 million passengers per year and target a high-end business passenger base. Our design rationalised arrivals and departures, creating clear, logical routes for passengers to intuitively find their way through the airport. New technologies were integrated into outbound baggage, ticketing and bag drop to maximize check-in capacity and speed of operation.

The new layout included expanded security facilities and remodelled customs and immigration facilities, to reflect new working practices. The proposal looked to safeguard opportunities for future development above the existing building and in the area under the transitional surface line. Adding floors above ground floor level also allowed the introduction of a variety of internal spaces, beginning with a naturally lit, triple height entrance hall connected to the Docklands Light Railway Station. A red ‘ribbon’ bearing the London City Airport logo was proposed to wind across the main facade and give the building a strong visual identity, not only for the arriving and departing customers but for the wider community.


London City Airport
Structural engineer
Atkins Ltd
Logistics engineer
Buro Happold


City Airport
Royal Docks
London E16