Thermo drafts in Arup on airport

Consultant files report on Dubai airport plan

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By  Sean Cronin Published  July 1, 2006

Thermo has drafted in consultant Ove Arup as a troubleshooter on the $463 million (AED1.7 billion) Dubai airport contract – thought to be the largest single MEP contract ever let. General manager Alan Sporle told MEP Middle East that the consultant had produced a report on the contract, which has been submitted to client Dubai Civil Aviation. The report was commissioned to ensure the contract stays on track for its key handover date next year. “When it’s [the airport] finished you as a passenger just want to check-in, do your duty free shopping and get on your plane. That has to be trouble free. An airport this size might have three A380’s and 20 other planes hitting the ground at any one time,” he said. Costs have risen substantially on both the civils and MEP elements of the airport project, mainly as a result of a huge increase in the cost of materials. The main contractor is Al Naboodah Laing O’Rourke. The second phase of the Dubai International Airport expansion programme involves the construction of Terminal Three, Concourse Two and a car park – all dedicated for the Emirates airline, in addition to a large cargo terminal. Construction work is to be completed in mid-2007. The airport will have the capacity to handle close to 70 million passengers a year, a significant increase from its current capacity of 22 million. This expansion will position Dubai as the leading airport in the region.

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