Encasement takes off with Gatwick Airport terminal redevelopment
The £40 million refurbishment and upgrading of London Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal departure lounge and retail area is using 27 ‘Circa’ column casings from Encasement to conceal structural steelwork while adding an extra touch of style to the remodelled interior.
Gatwick’s transformed retail area now has 21 new and refreshed stores including Harrods, Zara, Ernest Jones and Lacoste, as well as a range of other outlets representing some of the world’s largest and best known international brands.
Encasement manufactured, supplied and installed the column casings, which range in height from 3300 mm to 7500 mm to precise specifications, ensuring that the high standard of interior design and finish was maintained. The upper section of each casing is finished in Formica® FR grade real wood laminate, which was supplied to Encasement as a bespoke sheet, while the lower 1200 mm uses brushed stainless steel, which also incorporates flush fitting aluminium feature joints.
Constructed from durable and tough 12 mm thick pre-formed plywood, the 800mm diameter ‘Circa’ casings are located throughout the departure lounge area and were installed overnight by Encasement to ensure that there was no disruption to passengers or the terminal’s normal daily flight operations.
Martin Taylor, Encasement’s Managing Director, commented: “This is another highly prestigious project for us that allowed us to demonstrate our manufacturing and installation capabilities to meet demanding specifications and integrate seamlessly with the main contractor’s work programme. The end result is extremely impressive and we’re delighted to have played a part in this project.”
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