Built at Manchester Airport by Losberger De Boer, the semi-permanent gate lounge was named Astron’s Building of the Month.
Losberger De Boer working with principal contractors, Laing O’Rourke, recently completed the new semi-permanent gate lounge at Manchester Airport, which marks the first milestone of the airport’s £1bn investment programme, known as the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MAN-TP).
The gate lounge was named ‘Building of the Month’ by Astron, one of Europe’s leading steel suppliers to the building industry. Astron’s steel frame building system was used to construct the airport lounge which beat several other international projects to claim the title.
The new lounge, which can hold up to 650 passengers, took the Losberger De Boer team just under five days to construct. The 37.6m x 35m structure will be operational for up to two years during the demolition of Manchester Airport’s existing Terminal 2 and early stages of its reconstruction.
Robert Alvarez, Losberger De Boer Sales Director – Commercial, commented:
“The new gate lounge posed some interesting building challenges. Firstly, the lounge was constructed on an airside location alongside a fully operational airfield. Plus, we had to build in a very tight space between adjacent aeroplane stands, the airfield’s service road and aircraft taxi way.
“This required complex timetabling and coordination with all team members including airport personnel to ensure a smooth build and no disruption to the airport’s day-to-day activities. We are proud to work alongside Laing O’Rourke team, as principal contractors, on this successful project.”
Thanks to ceiling-high windows, the new lounge provides passengers with a close-up view of the airfield and the facility is decorated with a timeline showcasing the history of the airport as well as information on the transformation programme.
Rob Stewart, Delivery Director for MAN-TP, commented:
“The opening of the lounge is the first milestone for the project since work started. The new facility, built by Losberger De Boer, in partnership with Laing O’Rourke, has been finished to a high standard and it is great to use the space to tell passengers travelling to destinations ranging from Beijing to San Francisco about the history of Manchester Airport and our plans for the future”
The area also includes new enlarged washroom facilities, installed by the Losberger De Boer team, and new wayfinding branding and signage which will be used throughout the terminal once the transformation is complete. The team also laid flooring for the gate lounges’ connecting corridors, ensuring a smooth fit out.
Losberger De Boer announces that Arnout de Hair, current Chief Operating Officer, will be appointed CEO of Losberger De Boer as of 1 February 2018. He will succeed Berndt Zoepffel who will be stepping down from his current position as CEO and will be joining the Supervisory Board of Directors of the company.
The Supervisory Board is grateful to Berndt Zoepffel for his contribution to the successful growth of Losberger De Boer. "Losberger De Boer has undergone an impressive development under the leadership of Berndt Zoepffel since he joined the company in 1996. The merger with De Boer Structures in May of 2017 was an important milestone in a period of strong internal and external growth. Today, Losberger De Boer is a leading global player providing a wide range of products and services to many highly recognized customers.
The merger between Losberger and De Boer is a major step in becoming a leading provider in temporary space solutions and we are on the threshold of a new phase in the further development of our company. We came to the conclusion that in the coming years, strong emphasis will be placed on the further integration of the various companies that were acquired during the last few years to fully benefit from all the available capabilities. Arnout de Hair has shown strong leadership during the transition of De Boer into a strong and profitable company. We are convinced that with him we have a very good candidate to fulfil that future role at Losberger De Boer.”
Peter Rijkoort, current Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors of the Losberger De Boer Group, will be appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Losberger De Boer on 1 February 2018. He will then step down from his position in the Supervisory Board of Directors. Peter Rijkoort has extensive international experience and has built a strong track record in senior management positions at various companies. He was a member of the Supervisory Board of Directors of De Boer Structures from 2010 until 2014 and is acting Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors of Losberger since 2016.
Arnout de Hair joined De Boer Structures in 1998 and was appointed as COO in 2001 and as CEO of the company in 2012. After the merger with Losberger, he was appointed as COO of Losberger De Boer. Arnout de Hair has built extensive operational and general management experience during his various senior management roles at Losberger De Boer. He studied Economy and Logistics at the Royal Military Academy and Business Administration at IBO, the Netherlands.