The Midfield Terminal is one of the biggest airport contracts awarded
The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has confirmed that Arabtec Holding, TAV Construction and the Greek Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) are the preferred joint bidders for the $3.2bn construction contract on the Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi international airport.
ADAC is now having final discussions with the consortium over the details of the contract prior to its official announcement and signing in June. The Arabtec-TAV-CCC consortium was chosen from the four remaining groups selected in February, drawn from six original qualifiers.
“Abu Dhabi Airports Company is looking forward to the construction of the Midfield Terminal Building. By announcing the preferred bidder today, the company is on-track to deliver an efficient and sustainable aviation infrastructure, capable of catering to the growing air transport needs of the Emirate,” said Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman at ADAC.
The structure will be fabricated from more than 1.6m tons of concrete, 70,000 tonnes of steel, and nearly 500,000m2 of steel and glass cladding. It is due for completion and to become operational in 2017. “Abu Dhabi is experiencing remarkable development in the air transport sector and business and tourism industries that has positioned it as a hub for international commerce and travel,” said Al Mazrouei.
The passenger facilities at the new Midfield Terminal Building will include 18,000m2 of duty-free retail shopping, 10,000m2 of F&B outlets and a 27,500m2 hopitality area comprising 23 lounges. The aircraft piers will accommodate up to 65 jet airliners, including the largest Airbus A-380 and Boeing 747-800.
“ADAC plays a key part in the Government of Abu Dhabi’s Plan 2030, given that the estimated growth rates in tourism are expected to rise from 1.8 million visitors in 2010 to 2.7 million by 2013, and to 7.5 million by 2030. ADAC will ensure that the aviation infrastructure in the Emirate, from trained UAE Nationals to world-class facilities, is ready to support this opportunity,” said Al Mazrouei.
The 700,000m2 Midfield Terminal building is one of the largest airport projects ever conceived and will ultimately more than double passenger capacity at Abu Dhabi International Airport to 47m people, in line with passenger projects up until at least 2030.
Abu Dhabi International Airport is one of the fastest growing hubs in the world with a growth rate of 19.7% over the last five years, spurred by the rapid growth of Etihad Airways and the increasing attraction of oil-rich Abu Dhabi as a destination for business and leisure, said ADAC.
Abu Dhabi International Airport was also recently named the third best airport in the world at the prestigious 2012 World Airport Awards. ADAC was established in 2006 to support this position and to spearhead the redevelopment of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure.
TAV Construction has lauded the announcement of the preferred bidders for the $3bn Midfield Terminal Complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport as “historic” for the company. “We are proud that our JV with CCC and Arabtec has been anounced as the preferred bidder,” said TAV Construction Gulf regional director Yusuf Akcayoglu.
"This is the largest-ever construction contract awarded in the UAE,” said Akcayoglu, adding that the Midfield Terminal Complex, “is also among the biggest mega terminals we have realised in MENA so far."
“I believe this will reinforce TAV Construction’s position as a leader in the global airport construction market,” said Akcayoglu. “I remember our first meeting with our client in January 2005. Since then we have relentlessly followed this project, and are now celebrating the award of the contract.”
The terminal building will be one of the most architecturally-impressive structures in the world with its undulating roof, inclined façade and 52m-tall processor ceiling. “One of the unique aspects of this project is using BIM (Building Information Modelling) 3D environment for detailed design and coordination of disciplines, schedule and cost control and facility management purposes,” said Akcayoglu.
“Abu Dhabi International’s new terminal building purifies the vision and aspirations set forth by the government of Abu Dhabi to offer hospitality, excellent service and a welcoming oasis to its visitors, as well as a bright future for the people of Abu Dhabi,” concluded Akcayoglu.