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An £11M air traffic control tower for BAA at Edinburgh Airport was topped out this week.

Contractor Laing O'Rourke began work on the 57m tower, engineered by Arup, in May 2004 using a 75m static crane. Construction is expected to be complete in July before fit out for 54 air traffic controllers. It is due to become operational by November. The tower is needed because the airport is forecast to be handling more than 13M passengers a year by 2013 compared with 8M at present. By 2030 numbers are expected to rise to 26M passengers a year. BAA's long term plan for the airport was published for public consultation last week.

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