UK. Work has started on the construction of Bristol Airport’s first multi-storey car park. The new £9.5 million (US$12.4 million) facility, which is due to open in summer 2018, will offer over 1,000 spaces within a short walking distance of the terminal.

Goldbeck Construction has been appointed to build the steel modular structure. It will feature enhanced car parking bay technology to help drivers locate unoccupied spaces. The project also includes improved internal road design, landscaping and signage, all geared to assist onsite parking.

The development follows other recent improvements at the airport, including a £2.5 million (US$3.2 million) customer reception centre in the Silver Zone car park and a £2.3 million (US$3 million) upgrade to the immigration hall.

Bristol Airport Development Director Andrew Goodenough said: “These developments demonstrate our continued commitment to enhance passenger facilities at Bristol Airport. The multi-storey car park will meet the demand for high-quality, secure car parking close to the terminal.”

Bristol Airport noted growth in its route network, which includes direct flights to over 120 destinations and frequent daily services to major hubs including Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin and Frankfurt.

An artist’s impression of the new car parking facility which is due to open next summer

The airport has invested over £160 million (US$209.6 million) in new infrastructure and facilities since 2010. It has unveiled a Master Plan to consider how to best meet growing demand for air travel to and from the Southwest and South Wales over the next two decades.

“The views of passengers, employees, neighbours and others stakeholders will be vital in helping to shape the airport’s vision for the future,” Bristol Airport stated.