The royal seal of approval has been given to Pacific Building’s completion of the new British Airways lounge at Aberdeen International Airport.
Camilla, Duchess of Rothesay, officially opened the near £1million facility during a visit to the airport, which is undergoing an extensive programme of upgrades.
She met Pacific and airline staff and representatives at the 400 sq m lounge, which boasts full-length windows that afford exceptional views of the runway.
Fashioned from an empty concrete shell on the first floor of the terminal at Dyce, on the outskirts of the city, the lounge is fresh, modern and generously sized.
The Granite City airport’s new lounge boasts – naturally – a granite-topped bar, dining area, separate seating areas with stools and chairs, coffee tables, washrooms and buffet restaurant.
Pacific drew on their extensive experience of working at airports to complete the project in just 16 weeks.
Widely regarded as one of the best lounges of its type in the United Kingdom, it is the second to open under BA’s £4.5billion new design concept after a similar one was created at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.
It comprises two zones – one allowing passengers to enjoy quick access to amenities (food, drink and toilets) and another for longer stays, with seating overlooking the runway.
Aside from the bar, which is identical to the one in Rome, bespoke furniture and fittings abound, including feature walls, lighting and marble-topped tables.
Pacific Building Managing Director Brian Gallacher said: “We are extremely proud of our work at Aberdeen Airport and to have been given the royal nod is a great honour for us.
“Our staff were delighted to meet Camilla at the lounge that they created, and she was visibly impressed by the end result of their efforts.”
Craig Taylor and Martin Lamont headed up the project at Aberdeen, and they posed for photos with the design team during the royal visit:
The project to upgrade Aberdeen International Airport is being carried out in three phases and is due to be completed in 2019.
The new lounge is just one of a number of significant projects delivered by Pacific at Aberdeen International Airport, including three WH Smith outlets.