Arabtec-TAV-CCC sign $2.9bn airport contract

Abu Dhabi's Midfield Terminal deal inked after detailed discussions

Construction of the 700,000 square metre terminal building will commence in the third quarter of 2012 with opening planned in 2017
Construction of the 700,000 square metre terminal building will commence in the third quarter of 2012 with opening planned in 2017

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and the joint venture of TAV, CCC, and Arabtec have signed an $2.9bn (AED 10.8bn) contract for the construction of the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) at Abu Dhabi International Airport, a statement from ADAC has revealed.

Construction of the 700,000m² terminal building, one of the world-class infrastructure projects being undertaken in the capital, will commence in the third quarter of this year, with opening planned in 2017.

The project will include two key phases: the four year construction phase, followed by the Operational Readiness Assessment phase (ORAT), during which thorough tests of all aspects of the terminal will take place over a nine month period to ensure operational and efficiency readiness from the first day of operation.

On this announcement, H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of ADAC, said, “Abu Dhabi Airports Company is looking ahead to an exciting five years of growth focusing on increasing traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport and on expanding the airport’s infrastructure to support this growth.

“Leading and supervising the delivery of this mega-infrastructure, whilst managing one of the fastest growing airports in the world, is a defining responsibility for the team; a responsibility central to ADAC's commitment to provide the best for Abu Dhabi, travellers and airlines,” he added.

Designed by lead designer Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) together with Ove Arup, NACO and BNP Associates, the design has focused extensively on passenger experience, and meets the International Air Transport Association (IATA) level of service ‘A’ which is the highest level of space allocation for passenger processing areas, according to the statement.

During the construction process, the area immediately surrounding the MTB will also be developed to ensure the required infrastructure and facilities are available to support the operation of the MTB in 2017.

These include the aircraft parking stands, terminal roadways, connecting roads to Abu Dhabi/Dubai highway, and utility plants.

Procurement for these projects is currently underway to ensure delivery in phases between 2014 and 2016.

The MTB is designed to achieve a minimum Two Pearl Rating, following the Urban Planning Council's Estidama approach towards sustainable design.

The project will aim to minimise its impact on the environment, making use of innovative and cutting edge design elements, such as high performance angled glass to reduce heat and increase air-conditioning efficiencies.

Operational highlights include:

• Piers will accommodate up to 65 aircraft, including the Airbus A-380.

• Check-in is capable of handling around 8,500 passengers per hour.

• Check-in will provide 165 conventional counters and 48 self-service kiosks.

• Baggage system is designed to process over 19,000 bags per hour with over 22 kilometers of conveying lines and 10 reclaim carousels.

• 136 security screening lanes for passengers, with a further 25 for staff.

• The building will be constructed using approximately 69,000 tons of steel, more than 680,000 cubic meters of concrete, and nearly 500,000 square meters of steel and glass cladding, 135,000 tons of rebar, 360,000 square meters of suspended ceilings and 325,000 square meters of natural stone flooring.

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