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Atkins wins Hong Kong airport scheme

Atkins is to design part of an extension to Foster + Partners’ Hong Kong International Airport

The design and engineering practice has been appointed to oversee work on airfield and apron extension works at the Far East transport hub.

It is a critical part of a plan to expand the airport to meet anticipated future demand. A new concourse building is currently under construction.

Atkins’ remit includes the design of taxilanes and apron pavement; airfield and apron drainage systems; an aviation fuel system; and a combined potable water and fire hydrant system.

It also involves expanding the existing automatic people mover (APM) system; apron services and communications systems infrastructure; associated ancillary buildings; and airside road traffic modelling.

Design work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014, with an option existing to extend the contract to cover detailed design and construction supervision.

Atkins is also currently involved in designs for a third runway development and various other infrastructure works contracts at Hong Kong International Airport.

Damian Creally, Atkins’ project director, said: ‘Over the last few years, the Hong Kong International Airport has grown in capacity, currently handling some 56 million passengers a year, and is the world’s busiest airport by cargo traffic.

‘Key to its future success is the expansion programme, which we are delighted to be involved with.

‘Atkins has a history of working with the Hong Kong International Airport dating back to 1994 when we were appointed to design the airfield and apron pavements for the entire airport,’ added Creally.

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