Contract award for $800m Riyadh airport expansionby CW Staff on Jan 20, 2013
NACO, its Saudi Arabian branch SADECO, and HOK have been awarded the contract to design the expansion of King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh.
Total project costs are expected to be about $800m, with the expansion scheduled to be completed in 2015.
The consortium of NACO, SADECO and HOK will design the expansion of the existing Terminals 3 and 4, which will enable the airport to handle 20 million to 25 million passengers a year.
At present the 30-year-old airport is handling about 15 million passengers a year. The expansion project will allow KKIA to meet the country’s economic growth of more than 5% year.
HOK was the original designer of the existing terminal complex nearly three decades ago. NACO has been involved with the KKIA airport’s development since 2007 through various master-planning and design projects.
“This challenging project keeps us involved in a critical component of the airport’s development programme aimed at increasing capacity while at the same time elevating passenger experience to a world-class level,” said Project Director Kjell Kloosterziel, director of airport planning and building design at NACO.
“HOK’s aviation and transportation team has a global track record of delivering some of the world’s largest and most complex aviation and transportation facilities,” said Richard Gammon, aviation and transportation director at HOK.
”We are delighted to be working with the team at NACO, and it is exciting for us to return to Riyadh. The expansion of Terminals 3 and 4 will be vital in allowing the airport to meet increasing demand and support the country’s growing economy,” said Gammon.
The design team will include structural engineers from Royal HaskoningDHV, MEP and systems engineers from Buro Happold and local architectural firm TKC.
HOK’s current aviation and transportation projects include the Gatwick Airport expansion and modernisation in London, Bangalore International Airport Terminal 1 in India and the New Doha International Airport in Qatar, which will open in 2013.
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