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Hong Kong airport concourse fully operational

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The Midfield Concourse at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is in full operation after more than five years of design and construction works.

A Mott MacDonald-Arup joint venture has been working on the detailed design of the project since June 2010, providing full multidisciplinary design and construction support.

The team was supported by architect Aedas, which also worked closely with consultancy OTC on the planning of the concourse.

Located to the west of Terminal 1 and between the two existing runways at the airport, the five-level concourse has a total floor area of 105,000m2 with ceiling heights comparable to those of Terminal 1. There are 20 aircraft parking stands, 19 of which are bridge-served. Passengers will also be connected to Terminal 1 via an extended automated people mover (APM).

The joint venture introduced more than 35 sustainable features, including low-energy lighting systems, high performance glazing panels, solar shading and north-facing skylights to maximise natural lighting while reducing solar heat gain and saving on air-conditioning.

Recycled water is used for water-cooled chillers of the air-conditioning system and seawater for flushing. More than 1,200m2 of solar panels are installed on the roof to harness renewable energy.

Ian Taylor, Arup director for aviation in East Asia, said: “We are proud to deliver this core project in the midfield expansion, and help our client achieve an important milestone as part of their visionary development plan, to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a leading regional and international aviation hub.”

David Mepham, Mott MacDonald director for buildings and aviation, added: “The Midfield Concourse’s timely opening is the result of a collaborative effort of client, contractor, lead design consultants and their sub-consultants, and demonstrates our technical expertise in delivering a large capital works programme.”

Mott MacDonald and Arup have previously worked together on similar projects, including Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1 and Heathrow Terminal 5.

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