Internationalising Birmingham Airport

The Birmingham Post reports that Work begins on Birmingham International Airport extension with work starting on the project to provide a new international pier as part of the ongoing development to cater for increasing numbers of passengers and to support the development of the masterplan.

The £45 million extension which will be three storeys and 240m long and 24m wide will replace the existing facility built in 1984. The investment marks the biggest single investment at the airport for 20 years.

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The new pier will accommodate departing passengers on the top level, arriving passengers on the middle level and office accommodation for airline agents on the ground floor.

The new facility will provide air-bridged aircraft parking for seven wide-bodied aircraft and enough space to service 13 smaller aircraft at any given time. The pier will also provide vertical segregation to separate inbound and outbound passenger traffic, in line with national security requirements. New gate lounges for passengers will also be created.

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“The building will be capable of accommodating "next generation"
environmentally-efficient wide-bodied aircraft such as the
Airbus A350 or the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner", as well as the larger
aircraft types we see at Birmingham today like the Airbus A330
and Boeing 747 and 777.”

The Project Manager on the construction is Mace Limited, the Architect is Pascall & Watson, and the Structural, Civil and Fire Engineering is by Buro Happold. Mechanical and Electrical design is by Hulley and Kirkwood, the CDM Coordinator is Mace Sustain and the Cost Management Consultant is Faithful and Gould. Construction will be carried out by Laing O’Rourke Construction North Limited.


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