Dublin Airport – North Terminal
July 2, 2002 at 10:05 am #705584
Who were the architects?
July 2, 2002 at 2:37 pm #720064MGParticipant
Where is this? Quite an interesting profile, and nice period signage.
July 2, 2002 at 3:33 pm #720065LOBParticipant
when facing the old terminal (car park to your back) it is immediately on the right
July 2, 2002 at 5:28 pm #720066
Exactly! northern side land side of terminal
July 3, 2002 at 6:14 pm #720067dc3Participant
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.
July 14, 2002 at 3:57 pm #720068dc3Participant
Neither book about the OPW mentions this building.
July 14, 2002 at 10:56 pm #720069
the odds are that it is an OPW project but it just gets overlooked when compared with its more glamorous older sister….
June 9, 2010 at 4:27 am #720070
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 SeÃ¡n 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. â€“ 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 Fitzgeraldâ€™s design was planned to handle a maximum of 250,000 passengers per annum â€“ 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 â€œprocessedâ€ . . . 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.
June 9, 2010 at 11:00 am #720071thebig CParticipant
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.
June 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm #720072
July 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm #720073cryansParticipant
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.
July 13, 2010 at 3:25 am #720074
July 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm #720075cryansParticipant
Not at all 🙂
The Airport Police station is just passed the taxi rank on your right tucked underneath the ramp (road) for departures.
July 16, 2010 at 11:35 pm #720076
You know your cop shops 😉
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