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Work on Grimshaw's £6 billion Istanbul airport stalls

The project to build the world’s busiest airport in Istanbul has hit a planning obstacle, according to reports

The first phase of the scheme is being designed by Grimshaw with Oslo’s Nordic Office of Architecture (NOA), London-based Haptic Architects and Arup. But an environmental group told Reuters that a court ruling had delayed a critical stage in the planning approval process.

The State Airports Authority has reportedly denied that the decision will lead to delays in the construction of the scheme.

Once built the new airport in the Turkish city will be capable of handling 150 million passengers every year.

Previous story (AJ 01.02.13)

Turkey to build world’s largest airport

The Turkish government has launched a £6 billion scheme to build the world’s largest airport

The country plans an airport in Istanbul capable of handling 150 million passengers every year.

Transport Minister Binali Yildirim told a press conference the airport, which will be the city’s third, will have six runways.

The deadline for bids from consortia interested in carrying out the scheme is in early May, according to reports.

‘At full capacity the new airport will be the largest in the world in terms of passengers,’ Reuters reported Yildirim telling a news conference in Ankara.

‘We calculate the whole project will cost more than 7 billion euros excluding financing costs.’

It will be a four-stage project, with annual capacity of 90 million passengers planned for the first stage, which will be operational in 2017.

Pictured: Tabanlioglu Architects’ Bodrum International Airport in Turkey which won the WAF 2012 transporation award.

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