Pulkovo Airport New Terminal Opens in RussiaDecember 2013
On December 4, 2013 the new Terminal 1 at Pulkovo Airport began operations. All flights from Pulkovo 1 and Pulkovo 2 will be gradually transferred to the new €700 million Pulkovo Terminal by the end of January 2014. The first flights to be transferred were St Petersburg-based airline’s Rossiya to Düssedorf, Munich, and Frankfurt.
The first phase of the project has taken two and half years to design and construct. When the project is fully completed in 2016 it will increase traveller capacity at Russia’s fourth largest airport from 8.4 million to 17 million.
Sergey Emdin, director general of Northern Capital Gateway, says: “The opening of the new state of the art terminal will provide for high quality services and airport security. We are now close to the incarnation of plans for Pulkovo airport to become a major hub in the Baltic region. The new terminal depicts the beauty and spirit of Saint Petersburg, a world heritage city and the business capital of Europe.”
In the new terminal there are 88 check-in counters, 110 passport control booths, and 7 baggage belts, one of which can alternatively handle the luggage of passengers arriving by domestic or international flights. In compliance with the requirements of a barrier-free environment the terminal facilities are fully accessible for the people with disabilities. Restaurants, cafes, bars, Duty Free, and numerous shops take over 15,400 square meters of the new terminal.
It has been conceived in modular bays, expressive structural 'trees' being positioned such that it can support the weight of standing snow experienced in the winter months. The concept of the internal arrangement takes its inspiration from the layout of St. Petersburg itself. Laid out in interconnecting zones, the grandeur of the large open spaces provides a fitting environment for the travelling passenger.
Pascall+Watson were responsible for developing a concept originally conceived by Grimshaw to meet the needs of the PPP operator NCG. Working in collaboration with Ramboll, the Pascall+Watson team developed the terminal planning so that it is suitable for airline operations in Russia in the 21st Century and developed this into a detailed design package that facilitated the tender of the construction.