Glasgow Airport Skyhub

  • Client: Glasgow Airport
  • Role: Cost Consultancy
  • Value: £32.1 million
  • Programme: May 2007 – December 2010
  • Procurement: NEC3 Option A
  • Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Project Description

A new build 2 storey extension to the front of the terminal building to provide retail and seating areas on the ground floor and a new centralised search facility on the first floor (Phase 1). The project also involved alteration and refurbishment of the existing search facilities to provide new retail units together with refurbishment of the existing terminal space (Phases 2 and 3). A new landside retail storage facility was also constructed together with re-alignment of the existing forecourt.

Our Role / Scope

Doig+Smith were involved in preparing the Outline and Final Business Cases as part of the Airport management team. Glasgow Airport identified an opportunity to increase its revenue by moving the majority of the retail offers to the airside part of the airport (once passengers had been through search) which involved creating a new search facility in an extension to the terminal and refurbishing large parts of the airport to create retail and circulation space. We prepared numerous cost options which allowed the business to make informed decisions in respect of project, operational and management costs versus the revised anticipated revenue income. Three options were presented at Outline Business Case with the preferred option being developed to Final Business Case with the project scope and budget finally fixed once the Final Business Case was presented. We prepared total project costs for all options including construction costs, phasing costs, FF&E, surveys, design team fees, statutory fees, IT costs and the airport Management and project team costs and these were managed by ourselves from the outset to completion of the project. We were also responsible for preparation and management of the risk register and prepared whole life cost studies for presentation of the Business Case at each stage.

Technical Capacity

The team comprise of the following:

  • 1 Director;
  • 1 Associate;
  • 1 Senior Surveyor and
  • 1 Assistant Surveyor

Benefits To Client

  • Working in Live Environment: All works were carried out within a live terminal facility which had to remain operational throughout. Phase 1 involved maintaining all pedestrian and vehicle access along the front of the terminal building and ensuring construction traffic did not impact on this or the strict security requirements. Temporary covered passenger walkways, ramps and barriers were provided together with additional site personnel to control vehicle movements. Phases 2 and 3 had a larger impact on passengers within the terminal and extensive temporary walkways, accesses and protection measures were required. Doig+Smith identified and closely managed these project specific costs from the outset as any increase would result in scope removal from the construction works to fund them. By working closely with the team we identified opportunities to reduce these costs through re-phasing and re-use of some of the temporary walkways to ensure the overall project scope was delivered within budget.