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KPF London wins massive Abu Dhabi airport comp

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KPF’s London operation has been named top finalist in the competition to design a massive new terminal complex at Abu Dhabi’s burgeoning international airport.

The British office of the US giant has been called in by client Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) to finalise its masterplan for a 220,000m2 terminal building.

It will sit between the existing runway and a new one to be built 2km north. ADAC recently struck a £140 million deal with Odebrecht Al Jaber, a United Arab Emirate-Brazilian joint venture, to have the 4,100m-long runway in place by November 2007.

ADAC said the proposed terminal will enable the airport to handle an extra 20 million passengers when it opens in 2010.

According to the client, KPF’s flexible design allows for ultimate expansion to over 50 million people and more than two million tons of cargo each year.

The projects are part of a £4.2 billion expansion of Abu Dhabi International airport. The airport’s capacity has almost doubled to 6.8 million passengers since August 2005 following renovation of the main terminal and the creation of two other facilities 900m away.

KPF was unavailable for comment.


by Clive Walker

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