The main contractor for the building of a new £150 million arrivals terminal at Stansted has been appointed.

Work on the 39,000 square metre terminal by Mace is now due to start this spring and is due for completion in autumn 2020.

The terminal is the flagship project in a £600 transformation of the airport to support future growth.

A fly-through animation has been released today showing what the airport will look like following the transformation and how passengers will seamlessly flow through the airport.

The arrivals terminal will include larger immigration and baggage reclaim areas, new shops, a public forecourt and improved access for onward transport options.

Stansted will be the only UK airport operating dedicated arrivals and departures terminals once completed.

CEO Ken O’Toole said: “I’m delighted to welcome Mace on board as we now focus on the most critical phase in the transformation of London Stansted.

“Mace has a great track record of delivering major projects like this on time, on budget and to the highest quality.

“London Stansted’s transformation project is really gathering momentum. We’ve made fantastic progress so far, but it’s this year when the project starts to take-off when work begins on our arrivals terminal.

“The terminal is the most significant contract the airport has awarded as part of this project, and when complete it will provide a first-class, technology enabled, experience for our passengers.”

Mace chief operating officer for construction, Gareth Lewis, added: “The new arrivals terminal will completely transform Stansted and the experiences of the millions of people that arrive at the airport every year.

“This will be our first major construction project at Stansted since 2008, and we look forward to working closely with Manchester Airports Group to deliver the terminal.”