Air Traffic Control win for France

Aeroport de Paris Ingenierie will take on design and supervision services for new complex at Abu Dhabi Airport

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By  Angela Giuffrida Published  July 29, 2006

French company, Aeroport de Paris Ingenierie (ADPi), has been appointed to undertake the design and supervision services for the new Air Traffic Control Complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The project, which has been valued at US $108.9 million (AED402 million), is part of the airport’s $8.1 billion redevelopment programme. The Air Traffic Control Complex will be located halfway between the two runways and will be designed to include a five-storey technical and support building along with a 100m-high control tower. Pre-design activities will begin immediately. When it becomes operational in April 2008, the tower will enable the airport to handle up to 70 takeoffs and landings per hour. “We are looking forward to an internationally recognised, contemporary design providing an architectural landmark to Abu Dhabi International Airport. The new Air Traffic Control Complex is to embody the history and unique regional characteristics of the emirate,” said Abu Dhabi Airports Company chairman and managing director, Khalifa Mohammed Al Mazrouei. “The building should provide an architectural landmark that offers a safe and operationally functional environment for air traffic control and engineering services.” Work has already begun on a second runway, while construction of an interim terminal for the exclusive use of national carrier, Etihad Airways, will begin soon. In May, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) clinched a $272 million deal with Odebrecht-Al Jaber, a Brazilian-UAE joint venture, to construct a 4.1km runway. And in early June, ADAC selected international design firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates as the top finalist in the race for the job of master architect for the Midfield Terminal Complex.

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