Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has announced that it has significantly advanced plans for its major new Development Programme at Dublin Airport by entering into contractual arrangements with a number of leading international firms specialising in
project management, airport architecture, design and construction.
The DAA says these contracts are central to the delivery of the second passenger terminal and new satellite pier components of the E1.2bn, ten-year, Dublin Airport Development Programme, announced by the DAA last September.
The UK-based international construction firm, Laing O'Rourke has been appointed by the DAA to build Pier D, the facility which will provide 14 new boarding gates for narrow and wide-bodied aircraft, by late 2007. Planning permission for the new pier has already been secured and site preparation work for the 15,000 square meter, two-storey structure will commence within the next couple of weeks.
A consortium comprising Ov? Arup, Pascall & Watson and Mace – international design, architecture and project management consultancies respectively – has been appointed as project managers and designers for Terminal 2, Pier E and all the associated kerbside integration works needed to link the new passenger terminal with the existing Terminal 1.
The quantity surveying and cost consultancy firm, Davis Langdon PKS has been appointed as cost consultants for the new terminal, Pier E and kerbside works.
Due to the complexity and challenging delivery timelines of the Airport Development Programme, the DAA has decided to appoint external programme managers to plan the integration and delivery schedule of the overall Programme. This contract has been awarded to Turner& Townsend, the Leeds-based international construction and management consultancy firm.
‘The Dublin Airport Development Programme is the largest capital investment ever undertaken by this company and in terms of the range of projects deliverable within a very tight timeframe at a working airport, probably one of the most complex in the history of the State,’ said DAA Ceo, Declan Collier.
‘In that context, it is critical that the DAA's external partners in this challenging undertaking are of the highest international calibre. We are delighted the competitive tender process for the contracts completed to date has provided us with such experienced, high quality partners.’
Extending over 200 metres on to the airfield apron at the northern edge of the Airport, Pier D will provide significant new passenger boarding capacity and 14 new aircraft contact stands. These will facilitate direct boarding and disembarkation of passengers and enable highly efficient turnaround of aircraft schedules.
The DAA say the overall projected cost of Pier D, all associated ancillary works and the access options to the existing passenger terminal currently under review, will exceed E100m.
Meanwhile, Dublin Airport's second passenger terminal was given the green light by Government last summer and will be built on a site adjacent to the existing terminal and incorporate the existing Pier C. It will be designed to handle up to 15m passengers and to cater for the requirements of long-haul and short-haul aviation traffic and for the transfer of passengers and baggage between both modes.
A second new satellite pier, Pier E, will extend at right angles on to the airfield apron from the new terminal and will provide additional new wide-bodied and narrow-bodied aircraft contact stands as Dublin Airport's passenger traffic continues to grow.
Both the new terminal and Pier E are scheduled for completion in late 2009. The planning and design team selected for Terminal 2 and Pier E will be led by Ov? Arup. An international design, engineering and planning consultancy, Arup employs over 70,000 staff worldwide and has designed some of the world's most iconic contemporary buildings, including the Sydney Opera House and London's Swiss Re Building.
It is also one of the lead designers for Heathrow Terminal 5 and Beijing International Airport ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games in China.