Design concept created for Bordeaux Airport Link Building

Chapman Taylor has created a design concept for a new Link Building at Bordeaux Airport.

The 20,000m² project is designed to centralise the welcome, security and retail areas between the two existing terminals at the busy airport. Our design approach creates a very simple, column-free, wooden structure, providing a fluid, no-stress, intuitive path for passengers. The welcoming and relaxing atmosphere is aided by a material palette which makes extensive use of wood, warm colours, soft furnishings and natural light.

This development creates a new landside façade for the airport and a welcome internal connection between the two terminals. Provisions include a centralised security area for all airport passengers, a large, visually transparent and functionally efficient retail and F&B area, abundant seating, places for work or relaxation and a well-signposted “go to gate” process.

The Link Building also houses airline lounges, landside and airside offices for airline and service companies as well as a new centralised baggage handling system. The concept also envisages the refurbishment of the entire airside passenger journey in the existing buildings.

Chapman Taylor applied local and international skill and expertise as well as research-based ideas from across the company to meet the rapidly increasing expectations of passengers. The success of the facility will be founded on the provision of an entertaining, flexible, accessible, inclusive and safe environment.

Allied to this is a sustainable, whole life-whole-system approach to asset design, construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning, all of which are required for effective asset management.

Environmental sustainability is embedded in the project, including the timber structure, solar shading, gardens, white roof and low-consumption cooling system. Many of the materials used are capable of being recycled. Wellness is a key factor informing the Link Building’s design, supported by the choice of materials, the inclusion of planting, comfortable acoustics and natural lighting and ventilation.

The flexible design allows for easy adaptation to changes in demand or technology, including the introduction of interactive virtual systems.

Chapman Taylor’s Paris studio has also ensured that the proposals are fully inclusive in terms of social, physical, cognitive and language abilities and differences.

Nicolas Guillot (Dip Arch DESA Registered architect ‘Ordre des architectes Ile de France’)

Director, Paris

With extensive design experience leading various projects from conception through to delivery, Nicolas has managed large-scale projects across various sectors in both France and internationally.

Nicolas joined Chapman Taylor in London in 1998. He relocated to Paris in 2001 and is now the Director responsible for the general management and development of our Paris studio.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Masterplanning

Peter Farmer (BArch(Hons) BA Arch(Hons) RIBA)

Director, UK

Peter heads up our Transportation sector in the UK. He undertakes a key role in the continuing development of this sector, related research, masterplanning, due diligence and sustainability.

With over 25 years’ specialist experience across the UK, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean, he has an in-depth understanding of the political and business drivers of projects with multiple stakeholders and complex design and delivery teams.

Areas of expertise:

Commercial / Transport

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