Stansted Airport has been given the green light to start work on its new, £130m arrivals terminal.
The 34,000 sq m, three-level building, designed by architects Pascall+Watson, will be built next to the current terminal and support growth to allow for 35,000 passengers.
Uttlesford District Council gave the airport planning permission for the construction, which will take place entirely outside of the current terminal to minimise disruption.
It will include larger immigration and baggage reclaim areas, with work expected to take up to three years to complete. Construction will get underway late next year.
The existing terminal will also be reconfigured specifically for departing passengers, to provide more check-in space, and more room at security and in the departure lounge. The first phase of those works will begin later this summer to add some extra capacity in the short-term.
Stansted Airport’s chief executive, Andrew Cowan, said:
The planning application and concept design for the new £130m arrivals building marks the latest phase in Stansted’s transformation and enables us to support further growth over the next decade and give our passengers the facilities that they want.
He added: "Stansted is thriving as a national asset, forming a key component of the UK’s aviation infrastructure at a time when airport capacity in the country is at a premium. Our investment will boost competition and enable the airport to play a bigger role in supporting economic growth, jobs and international connectivity across the East of England and London."
The next stage will be to develop its concept designs with stakeholders and business partners before contracts are awarded for the construction works.
Here's how the expansion will look when completed: