Introduction

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One of the most striking innovations at Brussels Airport is the Connector, a building which is to link the passenger terminal to Pier A above-ground. Many passengers consider the existing tunnel from the terminal and the fact that they have to change floors using elevators and escalators a nuisance. That is why the tunnel, which is used by over 10 million passengers every year, will be replaced by a spacious surface building.

The new Connector will allow passengers to walk straight from the check-in desk to their gate in pier A or B, without changing floors. In the opposite direction, the building will provide the arriving passenger with a smooth and agreeable passage to the baggage reclaim hall and the exit.

The building will include a central platform for access and security screening as well as border control for travellers departing from both Pier A and Pier B. This will considerably increase the efficiency of the screening process, as the peak hours for security in both piers are complementary. Moreover, the building will offer plenty of space for a commercial area.

The challenge is huge: the construction site will be located in the centre of a busy international airport, which will remain fully operational throughout the building works without compromising passenger comfort. The building is scheduled to open by the beginning of 2015.

The conceptual phase and the functional planning of the building were completed end 2011. In August CTHM (Chapman Taylor – bureau Happold – MOSS) was commissioned by Brussels Airport to draw up the building plans.

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