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Jan 29th, 2009, 12:55 AM #1----
New greenfield airport
PCAA, Prime Minister's office
Designers and Contractors:
ADPI (Aéroports de Paris ingénierie), Acorp, Mushtaq and Bilal Mahboob Associates, CPG Corporation, National Engineering Services Pakistan (pvt) Ltd, Louis Berger Group, ECIL (Engineering Consultants International Ltd), Lagan Construction, Husnain Co
PCAA, build operate transfer (BOT) basis
Nine million a year
The New Islamabad International Airport will be the first greenfield airport ever constructed in Pakistan and will be named after the assassinated ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (decided in June 2008 by current Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani).
"The New Islamabad International Airport will be the first greenfield airport ever constructed in Pakistan."
The project was announced in January 2005 after a ten-year delay due to political changes in the country and construction began in April 2007, when funding became available.
The new airport will eventually replace the overloaded Islamabad International Airport at Chaklala providing better access for the northern areas, north-west frontier province, federally administered tribal areas, Azzad Jammu, Potohar and Kashmir.
The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) is the controlling body for the $400m (PKR37bn) project which is likely to see the airport opening for operations in 2011–2012.
The new 3,200-acre (13km²) airport site is situated on a plot of land acquired by the PCAA in the 1980s at Pind Ranjah near Fateh Jang (an additional 400 acres have been acquired to build the two runways). The airport will be 20km from the centre of Islamabad, and 23km from Rawalphindi being well served by an excellent highway infrastructure.
The airport will be constructed in two phases. The first will involve the construction of taxiways, aprons and other airside infrastructure and the second will see car parking for 2,000 vehicles, a covered plaza area for 200 cars, a control tower, maintenance hangar, a 15-gate terminal with ten remote gates, 42 immigration counters, nine baggage claim carousels, 12 X-ray machines, and also office and administration facilities. There will also be a hotel, convention centre, duty-free shops, airside mall, business centre, food court, leisure facilities and banks at the new terminal.
The airport will have a 180,000m² modular terminal building which will initially be able to handle nine million passengers a year. There will be two 4,000ft-long category-F runways (for largest heaviest aircraft) although initially only one will be used for operations and the other will be retained as an emergency runway.
There will also be a cargo complex capable of handling 100,000t a year, four rapid-exit taxiways, a special parking area for hijacked aircraft, apron parking sufficient for the contact stands, underground cable network, parking for ground handling vehicles, secure cargo areas and major airport road infrastructure.
The airport infrastructure was designed by ADPI (Aéroports de Paris ingénierie) along with Acorp, Mushtaq and Bilal Mahboob Associates. The terminal building was designed by CPG Corporation of Singapore in a joint venture with National Engineering Services Pakistan (pvt) Ltd (design started in March 2006).
"The New Islamabad terminal will make full use of traditional Islamic geometric patterns in its design."
The project management consultants for the new airport are Louis Berger Group of the US along with ECIL (Engineering Consultants International Ltd) of Pakistan.
The first phase of the construction (airside infrastructure including runways) is being undertaken over a 24-month contract for PKR11.8bn by Lagan Construction of the Republic of Ireland (60% of the work) and their local partners Husnain Cotex (40% of the work). Husnain Cotex and IKAN have also formed a joint venture to carry out the preliminary works at the airport site including earthworks and construction of embankments for the runway and main access road to the site.
Benazir Bhutto terminal design:
The design of the new terminal building will be an architecturally significant one for Pakistan producing a national icon for the country. The design will also be sustainable and environmentally sound with use of natural daylight for main lighting and sun shading to cut cooling costs as well as an intelligent main roof (water conservation) and an elongated driveway length front portal (better views and more light).
The terminal will also make full use of traditional Islamic geometric patterns in its design. The modular terminal building will have a linear pier on each side and a centre pier extending out to serve the boarding gates. The international and domestic halls will be located together under the main roof, which will be a simple trapezoid cantilevered from one of the two side piers with a cantilevered mesh screen trellis defining the exposed roof edge and attaching to a row of columns close to the ground.
Jan 29th, 2009, 12:59 AM #2----
waiting for ur rplies!
Jan 29th, 2009, 01:15 AM #3----
Wow...!Huggle snuggle iggle piggle!
Jan 29th, 2009, 11:51 AM #4----
Thread moved here from Cafe, thought it was better off here. =)
Jan 29th, 2009, 11:57 AM #5----
i love the contemporary look, very different from the traditional designs of khi and lhr airports. what exactly is a 'greenfield' ariport, is it an eco-friendly design?
Jan 29th, 2009, 12:02 PM #6----
We definitely need this change badly. At the moment it's pretty embarrassing when you land at Benazir Bhutto Intentional to see a low below par Airport of a darul khalafa.
Jan 29th, 2009, 12:54 PM #7----
@ wondergurl. well green field airport means eco-friendly having lots of green fileds around as u can see that present airport has got only few tree plantations.
n thanks to all for ur rplies.
Be Blessed always.
Jan 29th, 2009, 12:58 PM #8----
This airport looks good and cant wait for them to finish it off, because its my home away from home!
Jan 29th, 2009, 01:01 PM #9----
I just cant wait to see architectural piece like Centaurus, Grand Hyatt hotel and now this airport.
Be Blessed Always.
Jan 29th, 2009, 01:03 PM #10----
I want the facts and reality on the ground, as i have been seeing this on all mega projects in the country, design, boasted, and nothing happened on the ground really.
Jan 29th, 2009, 01:06 PM #11----
@shaks kill. well u can see thru google earth the site location near fateh-jang.
Be Blessed Always.
Jan 29th, 2009, 03:59 PM #12
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The designs look great. Very modern.
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Jan 30th, 2009, 06:17 AM #15----
@blushing_vision. May be one section of the airport will be available in 2010.
@ uzzybuzzy. you r right. i took the other way. thanks for correction
Jan 30th, 2009, 06:45 AM #16----
Our people wont let it stay for long.God created the world in a matter of a blink of an eye, when he came to creating my mother he had to invent time. - Coke
Feb 1st, 2009, 08:06 AM #17----
I hope it will complete soon.