Going for Commonwealth Games gold

PACIFIC Building are playing a key role in the massive £17million revamp of Glasgow International Airport ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup.

The most striking feature of the makeover will be a new international arrivals area, where competitors and overseas visitors arriving for the prestigious sporting events will form their first impressions of the city and of Scotland.

Glasgow Airport have brought forward £10million of investment – in addition to £7million already committed – to be spent during 2013 on refurbishing and enhancing key parts of the main terminal building, and Pacific have won a tranche of contracts.

In addition to the expansion and improvement of the international arrivals area are modernisations to the main check-in hall and a £1million-plus upgrade of the toilets within the terminal.

In detail, Pacific have secured the following projects:

  • International Arrivals & West Service Yard – formation of new glazed entrance area, floor, wall and ceiling finishes, formation of new service yard and associated works.
  • Toilet Core refurbishment – strip-out of 12 existing toilet cores, supply and fitting of new floor wall and ceiling finishes, including new sanitary ware, IPS and cubicles.
  • World Duty Free – a new £642,000, first-floor extension to house the expanding tax and duty-free area.
  • WDF enabling works – formation of new storage areas to enable extension works to commence.
  • WDF fit-out – new floor wall and ceiling finishes, all works carried out over several phases. Take delivery, assemble and fit furniture/shelving.
  • Check-in tiling works – Uplift and replace existing floor tiles to check-in area over several phases.

All of these projects will see Pacific’s highly skilled and dedicated team working flat-out through to the end of 2013 and into the first quarter of 2014.

Pacific Building Managing Director Brian Gallacher said: “Our busiest period on record is now unfolding – when you combine the major projects that we have secured at Glasgow Airport with other contracts for other large clients.

“Glasgow International Airport is undergoing a major transformation in advance of both the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.

“Both events are expected to see a huge increase in the number of arriving and departing passengers, all of whom will be treated to the gleaming new concepts which will be undertaken by Pacific.

“Projects include a fully upgraded and extended international arrivals area, a significantly extended and fully refitted tax and duty-free area, an upgraded check-in area and fully refitted and extended washroom facilities across the entire airport.

“We’re proud to deliver high quality, and our business is built on the strength of our relationships with our clients. We have enjoyed continued growth in recent years, in part through our associations with global and UK brands who continue to develop their business.

“By continually meeting and exceeding their expectations, we are rewarded with greater volumes of work. Our growth has continued to exceed our budgeted plans and is a credit to the efforts of the team here.”

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson stated: “Forty-three per cent of those who have purchased tickets for the Commonwealth Games come from outwith Scotland, with Glasgow Airport set to be the first port of call for many of them.

“Glasgow Airport’s upgraded international arrivals area will ensure that visitors experience an excellent first impression of our city.”

Pacific’s relationship with Glasgow International is enhanced by the fact that they have an ancillary office adjacent to the perimeter at the airport and many of their team hold airside passes, which means they have the experience, knowledge and clearance to work in airside, landside and aircraft manoeuvring areas.

Pacific are also expert at working in live environments in a manner that minimises disruption to trade and down-time while works are under way.

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