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Berlin’s troubled airport may prove to be a tempting prospect for Mace

Project manager Mace was this week understood to be consid- ering submitting a bid to win work on Berlin’s troubled airport scheme, NCE has learned.

A source at the firm said that it was poised to make an oppor- tunistic bid to troubleshoot the delayed project after it was revealed that the original project manager was thrown off the job because of a dispute over fire safety (News last week).

“It’s a bit of a hospital job,” said the source. “But it’s something Mace could be interested in.”
Client for the new Brandenburg airport, operator Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (FBB) last week said that it had sacked project manager Planungsgemeinschaft Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg International (PFBBI) as it also revealed that the scheme was facing a nine month delay. It had been due to open this week but opening has been pushed back to March next year.

Mace has an office in Berlin and has airport construction experi- ence. Recent contracts include the project manager role for construc- tion of Heathrow Terminal 5 andDublin’s Terminal 2. Following the sacking of
PFBBI, the airport operator will take on parts of the construction supervision, but could require further project management experience.

According to FBB the contracts terminated are the draft and final planning of the terminal building, construction and supervision of the terminal building and plan- ning and construction supervi- sion for the operational buildings.
FBB cited “inadequate coordi- nation of construction and super- vision activities” for sacking PFBBI.

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