Athena lands navigation job at Abu Dhabi Airport

Athena wins the three-way race to build a new steel frame Abu Dhabi air traffic control building

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By  Sean Cronin Published  September 16, 2006

Athena Emirates has landed the US $27 million (AED100 million) contract to build a new air navigations service centre close to Abu Dhabi International Airport. The Greek contractor saw off competition from Higgs and Hill and Al Ghafly Contractors to win the deal. The General Civil Aviation Authority awarded the contract for the Sheikh Zayed Centre to Athena, from a long list of ten interested contractors. It will be built on a site 2km west of Abu Dhabi International Airport. The steel frame building is expected to take 14 months to build and will be completed by November 2007. “We conducted a value engineering exercise and decided that a steel frame structure would work better for us,” said Alan Ettridge, project and planning manager with the aviation authority. “In the control centre there is an extremely large span, which would be easier with steel.” The site will house two main buildings, designated the Area Control Centre building and the Emergency Area Control Centre building. The Area Control Centre building will feature a 600m2 Air Traffic Control (ATC) room with sufficient sector suites to accommodate projected air traffic expansion. The ATC room will be equipped with the latest technology ATC equipment and will cover the next 20 years (minimum) of air traffic movement to a predicted level of 2.25 million air movements per year. The contract is one of several airport packages in Abu Dhabi that have been put out to tender in recent months. Athena Emirates is a subsidiary of Athena, the Greek construction giant that built the Olympic Stadium in Greece.

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