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KPF hunts staff after landing Abu Dhabi airport go-ahead

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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is set to hire architects for its London office following the Abu Dhabi government’s recent decision to back a huge new airport terminal

The AJ100 giant will need a team of up to 15 people, split between the emirate and the UK, to support the construction phase of the project.

The Midfield Terminal Complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport was one of dozens of construction projects approved in the emirate at the end of last month.

KPF carried out the masterplanning for the 700,000m² project, and will have a key role in the management of its completion.

Design principal Mustafa Chehabeddine told the AJ: ‘The approval for this project is great news, it is a project that will last about five years.

‘For the next couple of months we will be updating drawings and preparing for the construction phase. We will need a team of 10 to 15 people and we may have to hire.

‘Some jobs might be based in Abu Dhabi supporting construction, and some might be in the UK where all the design is done.’

KPF’s masterplan sees the terminal as a gateway to the city.

The design creates large unimpeded internal zones to enhance the passenger experience, while long-span arches reach 50 metres at their highest point and support a soaring roof.

KPF's Midfield Terminal Complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport

KPF’s Midfield Terminal Complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport

The Abu Dhabi Executive Council last month gave the green light for a raft of schemes that had been either placed on hold or held up in creation.

A meeting chaired by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, general shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, released funding for more than 20,000 homes, 24 schools, the airport terminal, two major road extensions, a drainage system and 14 healthcare facilities.

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