Dublin Airport - North Terminal

Dublin Airport - North Terminal

Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Jul 02, 2002 10:05 am

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Postby MG » Tue Jul 02, 2002 2:37 pm

Where is this? Quite an interesting profile, and nice period signage.
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Postby LOB » Tue Jul 02, 2002 3:33 pm

when facing the old terminal (car park to your back) it is immediately on the right
I think!
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Jul 02, 2002 5:28 pm

Exactly! northern side land side of terminal
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Former Arrival terminal at DUB

Postby dc3 » Wed Jul 03, 2002 6:14 pm

This building was used for all arrivals, from sometime in the very early 1960's, until the present terminal was built, being one divided hall, with baggage carousels, customs points etc. If I remember correctly it has a composition marble floor.

I really do not know what purpose it has served since then.

I do not think it is mentioned in the OPW book as being one of their designs, but I will check.
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Postby dc3 » Sun Jul 14, 2002 3:57 pm

Neither book about the OPW mentions this building.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Sun Jul 14, 2002 10:56 pm

the odds are that it is an OPW project but it just gets overlooked when compared with its more glamorous older sister....
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Re: Dublin Airport - North Terminal

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:27 am

June 9th, 1959: Passenger terminal a welcome arrival for airport

FROM THE ARCHIVES: A NEW and not very inspiring, terminal building was opened at Dublin airport by Seán Lemass in 1959 alongside the well-designed original building. A special report on the opening described the new building, which became the arrivals hall, and the developments to date at the airport. – JOE JOYCE


THE FIRST page of what could be described as Chapter Two in the story of Dublin Airport was turned yesterday by the Minister for Industry and Commerce, Mr. Lemass, when he formally opened the North Terminal. This new reinforced concrete and glass structure is much more than an extension of passenger accommodation: with the new cargo terminal on the other side of the main building, it marks the end of a chapter, and the beginning of another. The character of the airport, which has remained without substantial change since the return of peace . . . is undeniably altered.

Chapter One started during the first dark months of the Second World War, in 1940, with the opening of the beautifully proportioned airport terminal at Collinstown. The building deservedly won a gold medal for its architect, Mr (now Professor) Desmond Fitzgerald, but it could not have materialised at a less favourable period in the course of civil aviation. It was not surprising that the new airport, proud looking, and by local standards of the day enormous, should have been called a white elephant by the cynics.

Mr Fitzgerald’s design was planned to handle a maximum of 250,000 passengers per annum – a fantastic goal at the time. Little more than 10,000 passengers actually used the building in its first year, and looking back now, it is interesting to wonder how many aviation enthusiasts were . . . convinced that some day the terminal would be fully utilised.

That day came all too soon. Within a few years of the end of the war the cynics were confounded: by 1951 Dublin Airport was handling 276,000 passengers a year.

The traffic continued to increase substantially each year, and it became obvious that in spite of several interior alterations designed to give more passenger handling space, another terminal was needed to avoid delays and inevitable chaos.

Studies by the Department of Industry and Commerce and by Aer Rianta, which manages the airport for the Department, led to plans being sketched out for a new passenger building on the northern flank of the main terminal. After the start of the Irish Airlines services between Dublin-Shannon and New York and Boston, it was expected that the North Terminal would become the building to be used for American and Continental flights, with all British and local services continuing to use the main terminal. No one will be sorry that this plan was dropped and that instead the new building is to be used for all arrivals.

Nothing makes an air passenger worry more than the thought that he may not be waiting in the correct place to hear the announcement about the departure of his aircraft.

There are several interesting innovations in the construction, which is of reinforced concrete with the cladding mainly glass. It is a simple, straightforward structure, with a large concourse, Customs hall, waiting rooms and snack bar, with offices for immigration, health and agriculture officers.

The Customs hall and waiting rooms are open areas divided by movable partitions to allow rapid alterations at minimum cost when changes are needed with future traffic growths.

It is at once a bright, airy building, if rather impersonal in the modern idiom. But the main impression the North Terminal will have on those passengers who will pass through it concerns the way in which they and their baggage are “processed” . . . The building was planned around getting the passengers from the aircraft at one side, through Customs and immigration to the road on the other side, as quickly as possible and without fuss.
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Re: Dublin Airport - North Terminal

Postby thebig C » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:00 am

I must say that is a nice little building. I have never noticed it before. Its quirky in the sense that it manages to express an international style redolent of its era, whilst at the same time offering fleeting glimpses of the older 1930s terminal.

Interesting that this was chosen as phase 2 of Dublin airport. I seem to recall seeing an illustration years ago, possibly in an exhibition of plans in the Irish Architectural Archieve, that showed a Prof Fitzgerald design to build a second eliptical building on the land side of the old terminal. They would have been linked by various bridges, but given the similarity in designs, the overall effect would have been of a circular terminal.

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Re: Former Arrival terminal at DUB

Postby Global Citizen » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:01 pm

dc3 wrote: I really do not know what purpose it has served since then.


The original entrance and reception area is now the main branch of the Airport Police.

I have been told that the arrivals hall is now used as storage space.
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Re: Dublin Airport - North Terminal

Postby cryans » Sat Jul 10, 2010 9:54 pm

The North Terminal is not used by the Airport Police, The Garda have their station there. When I worked in Aer Rianta the IT department was there are a few small aviation companies. PARC had offices and a lounge there. Also to the right had side was the landside entrance to the Presidential suite. Airside would be the main entrance to the Presidential lounge and facility. The North Terminal was used 10 years ago as a Terminal for students studying in Ireland for the summer. I also attended a Aer Rianta staff meeting there. All this info is 9 or 10 years old at this stage.
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Re: Dublin Airport - North Terminal

Postby Global Citizen » Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:25 am

cryans wrote:The North Terminal is not used by the Airport Police, The Garda have their station there.


Sincere apologies for the monumental blunder on my behalf.
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Re: Dublin Airport - North Terminal

Postby cryans » Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:08 pm

Not at all :)
The Airport Police station is just passed the taxi rank on your right tucked underneath the ramp (road) for departures.
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Re: Dublin Airport - North Terminal

Postby Global Citizen » Fri Jul 16, 2010 11:35 pm

You know your cop shops ;)
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