Birmingham Airport has announced the contract wins for the first phase of its terminal expansion.
Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, will manage the upgrade and extension of the airport terminals over the next five years, along with an airfield reconfiguration. Atkins’ appointment as project manager and lead designer was announced at the MIPIM conference in Cannes.
Birmingham Airport’s CEO, Nick Barton, outlined how Atkins will assist with the airport’s Master Plan to future-proof air transport in the Midlands. He said: “Our Master Plan looks ahead to the year 2033 and outlines how the airport will develop the site to handle the 40% expected growth in passengers.
“A significant element of the £500m investment over the next 14 years is the terminal transformation project, to deliver a world-class terminal facility for our customer that can cater for the growth in demand. We are therefore delighted to have awarded Atkins the contract for the lead design and project management for this package of works and we look forward to working in collaboration with them.”
Mike McNicholas, Managing Director for Infrastructure at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business, said: “The transformation of Birmingham Airport will bring improved connectivity and economic prosperity to the region. We look forward to working closely with Birmingham Airport and their stakeholders on this project, applying the latest technology and our Human Centred Design approach in new and exciting ways to inform the airport’s transformation at this early stage.”
Atkins has used VR technology and a 3D digital model to minimise disruption in the airport. The model will be used regularly during development to allow testing in a safe environment.
As part of the airport redesign, Atkins is also using its Human Centred Design approach. This method uses data collected through web-based surveys conducted during the early stages of the project to ensure that passenger health, safety and wellbeing plays a central role in the terminal’s new design.
Atkins has previously completed projects with Dubai International Airport, Atlanta International Airport, and Heathrow Airport.