UK-based architectural practice Llewelyn Davies Yeang (LDY) has recently completed redevelopment of Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica, Passenger Terminal Today reported. Vice-president Norman P. Saulter of the Airports Authority of Jamaica said, “This new development of the airport is set to boost the profile of Jamaica’s financial capital, creating new jobs and encouraging regeneration of the surrounding area.”
The new Norman Manley International (formerly known as Palisadoes Airport) is Jamaica’s primary airport for business travel and the import and export of air cargo. Situated 20 minutes from Kingston, LDY’s masterplan and new terminal have been designed to cater for increasing visitor numbers estimated to rise from 1 million in 2008 to 2.5 million by 2020.
Valued at US$161 million, the masterplan involves a virtual reconstruction of the entire airport over three phases, incorporating the latest features in airport design, ensuring that the new facility is fully equipped to deal with the 11 scheduled airlines and 130 international flights to over 40 different countries that take place weekly.
LDY director Bert McCabe said, “Our intention for NMIA was to transform people’s experiences of travelling to the island by fusing the latest technological advances in the aviation sector with traditional Jamaican cultural values, and incorporating LDY’s principles for what we describe as ‘deep green architecture’, meaning that the design originates from the point of a sustainable solution.”
The structure of the building was designed as a simple module. A large glass façade offers panoramic views of the surrounding Blue Mountains and provides light and airy interior spaces.