Reconfiguration of existing airport interiors is central to 3DReid’s aviation portfolio. As a practice we have a great deal of experience in modifications to the terminal fabric, adapting existing facilities to work with changes in operational procedures and the need to grow. We have worked within the frameworks of the UK’s major airports for many years and have during this time been involved in the transformation of all types of passenger-facing areas within a terminal. 

This focus puts 3DReid in an excellent position to collaborate with the airports to quickly respond to changing requirements and adaptations in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, to enable conditions for flight. The passenger process and experience will need to change and adapt – from the well-recognised measures of social distancing and increased access to hand sanitation, to the potential incorporation ofmeasures such as health screening facilities and regulation of passenger flow via increased automation.

In parallel with the attention to physical safety measures, the psychological impact of the pandemic and the perception of increased risk to health by travelling needs to be carefully considered. What are the measures that can be implemented to the airport environment to soothe and calm passengers and staff, rather than alarm and distress? 3DReid is currently supporting the WELL Institute’s Advisory Board on the development of ‘WELL in Aviation’, with a focus on the above issues. In this challenging situation, now more than ever these questions are pertinent.

How does the design team help facilitate an environment that maintains the aspirations and values of the airport and improves the well-being of all passengers and staff?


Which aspects most positively influence working practices and the passenger experience?

3DReid are working in close collaboration with operators and peers to contribute to the solutions.