A new specially designed lounge area for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM).
Race Furniture has worked closely with London Gatwick Airport to furnish its new North Terminal lounge for travellers who require special assistance.
Representing an investment of £2m, the special assistance area has been designed to have the feel of a premium lounge and features bespoke chairs adapted by Race Furniture from its Ernest Race Classic Collection.
Approximately 19% of the UK population have a disability and 11% a hidden disability. It is believed that about 7% of the population avoids air travel because of their disability. The interior soft furnishings seek to offer a quiet environment where disabled passengers can relax before boarding their flight.
The new PRM lounge is accessed after going through the special assistance security lanes and is adjacent to the North Terminal’s Departure Lounge. The new space can accommodate 90 people and is twice the capacity of the previous area.
Race Furniture worked closely with Simon Burchell, project manager and David Browne, design manager of Gatwick Airport Ltd, in conjunction with interior designers, 3D Reid Architects.
With a capacity for 90 passengers, the Gatwick PRM lounge represents one of the biggest of its kind in any European airport.
“Gatwick is committed to providing passengers who have a disability or reduced mobility of any kind with the support and services required to ensure their time at the airport is as comfortable as possible and this remains a key area of focus for the airport.” Gatwick Airport Terminal Operations head Andy Pule