Terminal Building Refurbishment at Barra Airport

HIAL is proposing to refurbish the terminal building at Barra Airport to increase capacity within the building.   

Passenger numbers at Barra Airport have almost doubled since 1978 when the terminal building was built, and in 2018 Barra Airport welcomed nearly 15,000 passengers.  In addition, the airport is a popular tourist destination in its own right, and this refurbishment will expand and improve the building and its facilities for passengers, visitors and staff as well as ensuring better access and provision for Persons with Reduced Mobility.  

A recent report completed by Arcadis supports the need to redevelop the current terminal building.  The report highlights the need to allow for a delineation between passengers and visitors, the need to review the layout in light of the impact of coronavirus and the opportunity to increase the retail facilities on site.   

The proposed work involves: 

  • conversion of the existing garage attached to the terminal building 

  • refurbishment of internal fixtures and fittings 

  • landscaping to include paving and decking in surrounding area to the terminal building to improve accessibility 

  • carrying out the works over three phases, in order to minimise the impact on the terminal operations and passengers

The projected investment on this project is £1.4million. 

The following companies are delivering the project on behalf of HIAL:

  • Project Manager: Turner and Townsend
  • Civil Engineering Consultant/Designer: Jacobs
  • Construction Contractor: Kier

Work is scheduled to commence in November/December 2021.  The work is expected to be completed by May 2022.

A second public consultation event was held on Wednesday 29 September 2021.