Building firm lands £60m contract at Bristol airport

The proposed project

Griffiths Farrans JV has secured a contract for Bristol airport’s largest capital project, a £60m investment to build a public transport hub.

This project includes the construction of a multi-storey car park and access ramp to existing car parks, which will improve services and accessibility for travellers.

Enabling works started in May, focusing on service diversions, with the current phase involving the construction of a new access ramp.

This initiative is part of Bristol Airport’s extensive development plan, enabling 12 million passengers annually and featuring an expanded public transport hub, improved internal road system, and an additional multi-storey car park with customer amenities like waiting rooms and rest facilities.

The public transport interchange hub, situated on the top level of the multi-storey car park, will double the number of bus/coach bays to 16, positioning the airport as a major regional bus/coach interchange.

Additionally, the top level will offer a dedicated drop-0ff and pick-up location, providing convenient access to the terminal.

The multi-storey car park, adjacent to the existing facility, will provide over 2000 spaces, state-of-the-art technology, blue badge parking, and a glazed pedestrian bridge link for direct access to the terminal.

Simon Dunn, pre-construction director, said: “Griffiths and Farrans have worked in partnership with Bristol Airport and fellow CRH business Tarmac to deliver the optimum solution for the airport, with a keen focus on sustainability. Over 100,000 tonnes of excavated material will be processed into suitable material for use in the project. All asphalt materials removed from the existing car park will also be processed for re-use within the asphalt material that will be provided for the perimeter roads.

“This project is a great example of what can be achieved when both client and contractor work in an open and collaborative way, something that has been instilled in the project team from day one.”

Glenn Gilmore, regional director, of Griffiths Farrans JV, said: “We are looking forward to getting started with this exciting project which will play a significant role in the step change of Bristol Airport as it elevates its offering to support new air links and increase inbound tourism. The vision for the future is one with sustainability, safety and enhanced customer experiences at the heart of it. Griffiths Farrans JV has extensive experience within the aviation sector providing intelligent construction and civil engineering solutions across the UK.

“Throughout this project, we will be engaging on a calendar of social value activities which will maximise our use of local supply chain, create apprenticeships and employment opportunities as well as engage with colleges, schools and the voluntary and community sector to leave a positive lasting legacy in the area.”