New arrivals hall now open
Passengers are now using Bournemouth Airport's new arrivals hall. The building has been designed to be carbon neutral and is believed to be Europe's first carbon neutral airport building.
This has been achieved by a wide range of energy efficient features - including the installation of 323 photovoltaic (solar) panels on the roof of the building. (To put this into context, it is estimated that the solar panels on the roof will generate enough electricity to power more than 130 homes).
Other energy efficient features include the use of passive lighting and ventilation throughout the building, solar shading, the use of air source heat pumps and a computerised building management system that controls the heating, lighting and cooling.
Rob Goldsmith, Managing Director commented: "Opening the new arrivals hall marks a significant step forward in our redevelopment programme, and will also play a major part in helping us achieve our target of being carbon neutral for our ground operations by 2012. Once again the whole team worked hard to ensure we opened before the bank holiday weekend and the start of the main summer holiday season. We will now concentrate our efforts on landscaping the area between the arrivals and departures buildings, with a view to completing the whole redevelopment project by the end of the summer."