Praise For New Land’s End Terminal Building

lands end airport new terminalThere’s been widespread praise of the new-look Land’s End airport terminal.

The new £1m passenger facility was opened yesterday. Steamship Company Chairman Andrew May said it represented an extraordinary achievement in10 months.

The project, which was agreed by the board two years ago, was amended and extended to accommodate extra passengers following the end of the helicopter service.

At yesterday’s lunchtime reception, Andrew said the work represents the view of some islands’ groups and the Steamship Company that they “will come through” a decline in visitor numbers with a sense of purpose, optimism and a  “can do” vision.

He explained that it is crucial that infrastructure on the route to Scilly is improved, “for the economic wellbeing of the islands.”

The architect-designed space is light and airy, incorporating large windows with view across the airfield, high ceilings featuring wooden beams, colourful wall art and sculpture. And it boasts a stylish coffee shop operated by Coffee Republic who now provides facilities on the Scillonian III.

It’s greener, with a showpiece wood burner and significant use of solar panels. There’s also an outdoor veranda and children’s play area.

The makeover was well received by key players in the tourism sector at the launch yesterday.

Sabine Schraudolph of The Isles of Scilly Country Guest House and the Kaffeeshaus said she loved the open, airy space and in particular the wood burner.

Hotel Manager Daniel Lawson was also impressed and said his guests will find it more comfortable on the journey to the islands.

He said it’s not a “traditional airport look” with modern artwork on the walls and large windows overlooking the airfield.

Gill Dan of Bryher-based Isles of Scilly Inclusive Holidays particularly liked some of the finishing touches such as small-sized furniture for children

Car park improvements and an upgrade of the administration building to improve mail handling will follow shortly.

Andrew May didn’t speculate on the timeline or level of investment required to hard surface the grass runways at Land’s End. The waterlogging caused by unprecedented rainfall closed the airfield for three months this winter.

He said that Cornwall and Scilly’s councils and the Local Enterprise Partnership were helping with the runway plans.

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