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Control Post 1, Stansted Airport

Control Post 1 Facade

Sector: Transport
Project stage: Complete

Gibberd were commissioned as London architects for the detailed design of Control Post 1 at Stansted Airport. This was required by the clients to replace an older secure gate with a much larger secure facility that could meet client needs. The Gibberd design provides a safe and secure space for staff to process hold baggage for VIP passengers and airport vehicles that are key to running the airfield.

The secure architectural design consists of a processing area to the front and to the rear is accommodation accessed by staff only. The architects involved were influenced by recent construction of Heathrow’s terminal 5. As a result, the design for the search area layout is an interesting hybrid that belnds the control post and terminal staff search models.

The interior space of Control Post 1 accommodates baggage and body scanning, a private search area and ancillary areas. Outside, access to the airfield has been improved by allowing for two entry lanes and two exit lanes from the restricted area of the airport.

The architectural design was the first of a new generation of control posts created in line with the overall Stansted control post strategy which aimed to upgrade the quality of support accommodation and ensure DfT compliance .Learning from existing operation staff and public search environments, the architects at Gibberd paid particular attention to improving wayfinding, manual handling requirements and staff working conditions,

Overall, Control Post 1 was designed as a new facility which forms part of the BAA Infrastructure Security Projects. Like all other control posts, Control Posts 1 is an integral part of the security for the whole of Stansted Airport.