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HOK presses ahead with new £68 million air terminal for Cork

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HOK International is to go ahead with a scheme to build a new 25,000m 2terminal building for Cork Airport, after submitting a planning application for the project before last week's atrocities in the US.

Ireland's minister for public enterprise, Mary O'Rourke, gave approval on 4 September for building the new terminal and multistorey car park at an estimated cost of £68 million , after being convinced that a new building - rather than an extension to the existing 10,000m 2terminal - was required.

HOK communications manager Chris Patterson said the firm won the scheme through the EC procurement method, but had not been asked to withdraw the application in the light of the terrorist air-attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

The practice aims to increase capacity at the fast-growing regional airport for developer Aer Rianta from 1.7 million passengers a year to three million, with the capacity to further expand the terminal to 30,000m 2to take five million passengers. Passenger numbers at the airport have doubled in the past five years.

The new terminal design will take advantage of the sloping site to give grandstand views of the runway, with a predominantly glass double-height facade, while the low landslide elevation will reflect local architecture with stone and rendered walls. HOK is working on the job with Jacobs Engineering.

A planning decision is expected within three months and if it gets the green light, HOK expects to start on site next year and to complete the building two years. The airport also aims to build a hotel and a 'cargo village', on 16.2ha of land to the south of the airport.

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