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Vinci wins Gatwick deal

Vinci has won a contract to transform Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal forecourt as part of the £1 billion modernisation of the Sussex airport.

The contractor has been awarded a £16.5 million deal to provide a more welcoming and spacious entrance for passengers arriving at the terminal.

A new coach waiting area, including ticket facilities and toilets, will be in place for scheduled coach operations, with coach stops directly outside the building. 

The project will be completed in March 2012, in time for the London Olympics.

Gatwick director of capital projects Raymond Melee said: “This is one of our key strategic projects within our near £1bn investment programme.

“We’re excited about these great new facilities for South Terminal and hope the Department for Transport gives the go ahead to the planned £53m investment in the Gatwick Airport rail station which, alongside our investment, will deliver a real world-class welcome at the second busiest gateway to the UK.”