The future development
In the first phase, starting in 2014, Nordic prepared architectural studies to help connect the future development of the airport with the aspirations of the new Regional Strategic Plan, prepared by the local authorities. The brief was to re-evaluate the airport runway layout, study the long-term development of the terminal building and to propose a plan for the support facilities in the vicinity of the airport.
A new pier on the northern side
The studies concluded with two alternatives for the terminal, which proposed to incrementally increase the capacity from 5 to 10 million passengers per year, through a phased development. Our recommended solution for Sola was to place a new pier on the northern side, and mirror the domestic and international part of the terminal layout to enable terminal expansion, future growth in traffic and at the same time retain two, full-fledged runways.
In the second phase of our engagement we developed the functional and structural plans for the preferred option of the terminal layout. A phasing strategy was developed, including a future new pier in the north housing Schengen and non-schengen departures, arrivals, baggage handling systems and commercial areas. The strategy enables the terminal to expand gradually by adding functions and capacity to the central processor, and at the same time keeping the hotel. In the later stages of the development a new central processor is established in the north, which facilitates optimal logistics and passenger flow.
Flexibility over time
In this phase we determined the main passenger flows and the zoning arrangement for security control, commercial areas, logistics and baggage handling system for both existing and new buildings, verifying that they are in line with the capacity requirements and offering sufficient flexibility for development over time. The objective was to offer Avinor a clear view of the possibilities for growth here over the next 50 years.