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Nacala International Airport's terminal up for design award

The passenger terminal at Mozambique's new Nacala International Airport has been shortlisted for a prize in the African Property Awards for 2015/16.

Designed by Fernandes Arquitetos Associadas, the terminal is up for an award in the 'public service architecture' category, and if successful will be judged against other public buildings from across the world in the International Property Awards in London next month.

The terminal and new $145 million Nacala International Airport have certainly proved impressive new additions to Mozambique's key infrastructure since being opened by President, Armando Guebuza, late last year.

Situated in northern Mozambique, the airport is situated on a key international trade route and has been built by converting the former Nacala Air Base, with construction being carried out by Brazilian contracting firm Odebrecht International.

Equipped to handle up to 500,000 passengers annually, the new terminal boasts 16 check-in desks, 16 immigration desks, four arrival and departure gates, and two departure lounges.

According to Fernandes Arquitetos Associados, a central hall with a mezzanine level that houses the retail and F&B offerings and main waiting lounge area form the heart of the terminal.
Operator Aeroportos de Moçambique (ADM) believes the gateway has the potential to become a hub for northern Mozambique and southern Africa and describes it as a "milestone project" for the country.

ADM says its view is based on the airport's strategic value for the city and its power to help develop and transform the country.

• All images courtesy of Odebrecht.

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