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Gatwick begins the demolition of Pier 1 in the South Terminal

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Gatwick Airport kicked off the most ambitious stage of its £1.2bn redevelopment so far this week, with demolition work starting on Pier 1 in the South Terminal.

Gatwick Pier 1

This has been in use since 1962, amazingly.  The development will create a new wing of departure gates, with a new baggage system for the South Terminal being installed at the same time.

Gatwick Pier 1 b

It is not yet clear how much inconvenience the work will cause day-to-day, for what will clearly be a substantial job.  The new two-storey facility is due to open in 2015.

Gatwick Pier 1 c

If you want to know more, Gatwick has released the YouTube video below (with some interesting archive footage) which shows you all you need to know: