Aecom has won the contract to design the airside works for a new airport in Istanbul that will eventually have an annual capacity of 150m passengers.
The contract is for all the airside works for the project, including three initial runways, taxiways, apron, associated drainage systems, airfield ground lighting and navigational aids. It will also provide construction supervision services. The company will work with Turkish consultancy Deltaturk.
The works on the 16 square km site on the European side of the city and will be delivered by specialist teams in the UK and Turkey.
The timeframe is for design delivery within a year, with the airport opening in early 2018. Initially there will be 90m passengers, but there are plans for six runways in total bringing capacity up to 150m passengers per year. It will be Istanbul’s third airport.
Aecom’s client is IGA, a consortium of five Turkish contractors comprising Cengiz, Mapa, Limak, Kolin and Kalyon. IGA won the concession to build the scheme as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor and will also be the operator.
The IGA consortium has already appointed Grimshaw architects, in partnership with Nordic Office of Architecture, to design the terminal complex for Istanbul New Airport. Arup has also worked on this part of the project.
IGA Construction chief executive Yusuf Akçayoğlu said: “Istanbul New Airport is an important investment for the future of Turkey, expected to contribute more than €32.4bn VAT to the Turkish economy during construction and in its first 25 years of operation, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. With flights to more than 350 destinations, the airport will make Istanbul one of the leading global aviation hubs in the world.”
AECOM director of global aviation Bernardo Gogna said: “The demand for mega hub airports is growing, with the most successful cities investing in air travel to attract international trade. Straddling the East and West, this ambitious plan will see Istanbul quickly become one of the most connected cities in the world. AECOM will work closely with IGA to provide global and local aviation expertise for this prestigious project.”