Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies

Masterplan for the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) Kingston, Jamaica, comprised formulation of the brief, site analysis, masterplanning and was responsible for the overall concept and space planning, as well as the detailed architectural, interior design, landscape design and supervision of construction on site. The Master Plan will guide NMIA growth to 2022 and also provide a comprehensive land use plan throughout the planning period. The masterplan provided many alternatives for future development but specifically focused on the requirement to expand the terminal building to meet forecast passenger demand. Throughout the Masterplan process, the financial viability of the airport was closely monitored and all the preferred airport development options were developed and phased to ensure that they were affordable within the existing financial framework of the AAJ.

Airport History

NMIA is located in the south part of the parish of St. Andrew, Kingston. NMIA wasinitially known as Palisadoes Airport. The airfield was originally developed in 1942 as a Royal Naval Air Station, known as HMS Buzzard, and for part of the war years was home to the 816 Squadron equipped with the legendary Fairey Swordfish Torpedo Bombers, which were used for anti-submarine patrols in the Caribbean. After the War, the RNAS was closed and the airfield transferred to the Jamaican Government for civilian use.

Existing Land Use

NMIA occupies a site area of 230.64 hectares located approximately midway along the Palisadoes Peninsular and 18 kilometres from the centre of the city of Kingston. The site consists of a jumble of disparate buildings scattered across the site on an inefficient and chaotic manner. The ‘bolt on’ approach to the development of the airport over the years created a place that is confusing to users and inhibits the potential of the site to accommodate expansion and development.

 A project of

Llewelyn Davies Yeang

Alyas Latif was involved while working at LDY


Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ)



Aviation, Transport, Offices, Retail, Car park, Masterplan and Public Realm Landscape Strategy




Completion 2007