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AIRPORT DESIGN Last modified on August 11, 2013

Project watch extra - The big build

Joe Bates and Steven Thompson turn the spotlight on airport development projects in Indonesia, the Philippines and Kazakhstan.

Jakarta’s new Terminal 3 set to open in 2015

Jakarta–Soekarno Hatta International Airport’s new Terminal 3 is being designed to “send a message to the world” about Indonesia’s evolution.

Operator, Angkasa Pura 2, also wants the new 380,000sqm showpiece facility to reflect the country’s technological, political and cultural aspirations.

The latest artists’ impressions give you the chance to judge for yourself what you think of the efforts of the terminal’s design team.

One thing for certain, is that the new 25mppa terminal – primarily being built to accommodate Garuda Indonesia’s fast expanding international and domestic fleet, will be one of the most impressive facilities in the Asia-Pacific region when it opens for business in late 2015/early 2016.

Woodhead, the lead designer for the architecture and interiors of the new complex, is confident that new terminal will be “a model of efficiency and comfort overlaid with the curation of Indonesia’s unique cultural and environmental experiences for passengers.”

It also believes that the distinct design of T3 will create a sense of place that expresses the local and regional identity of Jakarta and Indonesia.

Woodhead states: “In the design of contemporary airports, we need to look deeper when preparing an authentic cultural interpretation for the future that addresses the airport’s civic function.

“The concept for the interiors seeks to integrate artwork and cultural references into the structure and materials. A further expression of cultural diversity unified into one gigantic work of art.”

Seven bid for Mactan-Cebu

The Philippine government is currently considering seven bids from groups interested in building Mactan-Cebu International Airport’s new terminal.

Bidders include a joint venture between GMR Infrastructure and Megawide Construction Corp and a consortium comprising Incheon International Airport and San Miguel Corp, which was recently named as the preferred bidder for the $377 million Manila Airport expressway.

Other consortiums to have made bids are AAA Airport Partners; Filinvest-CAI; MPIC-JGS Airport Holdings Inc; First Philippine Airports and the Premier Airport Group.

The Philippine government is keen to push through the deal for Mactan-Cebu’s new $240 million terminal project this year.

“Ensuring that the government receives the most advantageous deals with long-term stability is our priority,” the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said in a statement.

In addition to a new 3.5mppa capacity international terminal at Mactan-Cebu, the government wants the successful bidder to invest a further $185 million on expanding the domestic terminal to 41,000sqm.

Next on the agenda are PPP projects to expand Puerto Princesa ($110 million) and for the new airports in Bicol ($120 million), Laguindingan ($200 million) and Bohol ($175 million) on Panglao Island.

Almaty master plan

Kazakhstan’s Almaty International Airport has laid out its master plan to accommodate passenger growth for the next 20 years.

Lufthansa Consulting and the airport have finalised their comprehensive master plan development project, which “will put Kazakhstan’s largest international airport on the right track to face the future challenges in its market environment and meets international safety standards”.

In a statement, Lufthansa Consulting added: “Almaty International Airport will be able to accommodate future growth in terms of passengers, cargo and aircraft movements.”

The master plan project started in November 2011 and allocates space to the airport and airfield areas, such as the existing and new passenger terminal, cargo and maintenance facilities as well as the runway system.

Aibol Bekmukhambetov, president of Almaty International Airport, said: “Thanks to the fruitful collaboration with experts from Lufthansa Consulting, Almaty International Airport now has settled a road map for the development of both the airfield and terminal infrastructure, which will be consistently implemented. “Our airport will make every effort to meet the growing demands and needs of carriers and their passengers.”

Almaty International Airport currently services more than 50,000 flights annually, handles more than four million passengers every year, and cooperates with 40 airlines.

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