Ramboll offers whole solutions to the aviation industry, from economic evaluations and masterplanning to the detailed design of terminals and pavements. Our services cover everything required to plan, design, implement and maintain aviation infrastructure and services.

Our projects range from major international airport hubs to small regional airports serving the local community and include most of the major UK airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Glasgow & Edinburgh.

Pulkovo airport


Ramboll. Mike Smith. Image courtesy of Paulina Sobczak Photography

Mike Smith

Aviation Global Division Unit Manager
T: +44 7896 490 193

More than ever, the aviation sector is facing increasingly complex challenges with financial constraints, capacity limitations and aging infrastructure. To meet the higher demands for well-functioning airports and adjacent ground infrastructure, airport owners are calling for innovative aviation engineering designs that balance sustainability, efficiency and budgets.

We have an extensive understanding of the aviation industry, its challenges and drivers and focus on delivering innovative and sustainable solutions that deliver long term performance at a reasonable cost.

Clear thinking in aviation

Our extensive aviation experience spans 35 years and has seen us deliver airport facilities and infrastructure  to over 300 aviation projects around the world, including 60 million square metres of airside and landside development. We advise government bodies and regulators, and work with airport operators, airlines, aircraft manufacturers and service providers, as well as architects and contractors.

Our experience includes varied types of airports in some of the world’s most demanding climates, from assessments for the new Istanbul Airport, being design consultant for Heathrow T2b and Russia’s new Pulkovo Airport, through to airside development at Bahrain International Airport and maintenance at Copenhagen.

Airport terminal design

Terminal buildings are the main “engine” of an airport; the layout of a terminal building is the key to achieving maximum efficiency and revenue generation. Our knowledge of the aviation industry, together with our understanding of commercial realities and complexity of flows, enables us to deliver efficient and profitable designs.

Landside and airside aviation services

Ramboll offers whole solutions to the aviation industry, from economic evaluations and master planning to the detailed design of terminals and pavements. Our services cover everything required to plan, design, implement and maintain aviation infrastructure and services.

  • Feasibility studies and masterplanning
  • Environmental due diligence, and air quality and GHG management
  • Aprons, taxiways, runway refurbishments and pavement maintenance
  • New terminals and terminal expansions
  • Highways, light rail, energy and supporting infrastructure

Driving long-term sustainable performance

Aviation is a complex, competitive and heavily regulated industry requiring improved operational performance from reduced operational costs and CAPEX. We bring an astute awareness of airport operators’ needs and will question assumptions and accepted ideas to drive innovation. We approach every project with a commitment to deliver inspiring solutions that deliver sustainable environments, commercial advantage and long-term performance.

Airfield pavement management system

We have created our own airfield pavement management system, Airpave. Web-based and user friendly, Airpave encompasses airside and landside pavement monitoring, prediction of likely maintenance needs and long term financial planning.

Airpave enables the user to split the paved areas into homogenous areas of pavement and assess the average results for each area. This provides the user with a flexible way to accurately assess the state of the pavements based on construction, use and maintenance record. It describes and assesses the condition of the pavements by the use of three condition rating parameters, namely Structural Index (reflecting bearing capacity), Functional Index (reflecting ride quality) and Mechanical Index (reflecting wearing course condition).

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Aviation capability

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Airport Projects

Heathrow Terminal 2B. Image courtesy of BAA

London Heathrow Airport

For almost three decades, Ramboll has supported multiple projects at Heathrow Airport. This includes the scheme design for Terminal 2B, integrating the light rail passenger transport system and new baggage handling networks.

Pulkovo airport

Pulkovo Airport

Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg provides a critical gateway into Russia and is one of Europe’s most ambitious aviation projects with a landmark terminal and surrounding airport ‘city’.

Luton Airport building exterior

London Luton Airport – transformation and expansion

Transport links, infrastructure accessibility as well as a new parallel taxiway and work to the aprons were included in the ambitious plans for a vast expansion of London Luton Airport.

Gatwick airport, UK. Ramboll

Gatwick Airport airside/landside boundary relocation

As part of a broader masterplan to expand the UK's second-busiest airport to a capacity of 40 million passengers, Gatwick carried out a series of refurbishments to its South Terminal. We provided engineering expertise on several projects, including the relocation of the airside/landside boundary to accommodate more airside retail space.

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Ramboll UK Limited. Registered in England & Wales. Company registration no. 03659970. Registered office: 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NW

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