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Three UK practices land work on Istanbul mega airport

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A team boasting three UK-based practices has landed the design contract for the world’s largest airport terminal at Istanbul New Airport

The design is being led by Grimshaw and Oslo’s Nordic Office of Architecture (NOA), but working alongside them are London-based Haptic Architects. To complete the UK triumvirate, Arup is drawing up the masterplan.

The scheme, which will lie on the Black Sea coast some 35km outside of the city, is being funded by a Turkish consortium consisting of Cengiz, Mapa, Limak, Kolin and Kalyon.

A Grimshaw spokesman confirmed the appointment: ‘We had a kick-off meeting last week and we have people working on it already. The first phase preliminary designs are due early next year.’

Thomas Stokke, founding partner of Haptic, said the practice, which also has an office in Oslo, was acting as a ‘bridgehead’ between Grimshaw and Nordic but had been appointed primarily as a sub consultant to NOA.

The mega scheme will be delivered in four-phases with the first due for completion in in 2019 when around 90 million passengers a year are expected to pass through the new one million metre square terminal.

Capacity is expected to increase to 150 million a year by 2029.

The win consolidates Grimshaw’s reputation in the aviation sector which include prestigious contracts on a ‘satellite’ pier for BAA at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 which is due to open next month and Russia’s Pulkovo Airport which is currently being constructed in St. Petersburg

NOA has worked on Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen, and it is currently working at Rajiv Gandhi Airport in Hyderabad, India.

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