Aeroport de Paris touches down in AD

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.

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By  Alison Luke Published  August 25, 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 (AED30 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 100-metre high control tower. Pre-design activities will begin immediately. When it goes operational by April 2008, the tower will enable the airport to handle up to 70 take-offs 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 airliner, Etihad Airways, will begin soon. In May, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company clinched a $272 million (AED1 billion) deal with Odebrecht-Al Jaber, a UAE-Brazilian joint venture, to construct a 4100-metre runway. In June, the company selected Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF) as the top finalist in the race for the job of master architect of the Midfield Terminal Complex.

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