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Atkins lands Birmingham Airport expansion role

Birmingham airport

Atkins has been named as lead designer and project manager for Birmingham Airport’s plan to transform its terminals.

The consultant will manage the upgrade and extension of the airport terminals and oversee the airfield reconfiguration, as part of the airport’s master plan.

Atkins, part of the SNC-Lavalin Group, will help Birmingham Airport replace and upgrade assets and use technology to prepare the airport for increased air traffic.

The firm will oversee the first phase of the airport’s terminal expansion as project manager and lead designer for the next five years.

Birmingham Airport chief executive Nick Barton said: “Our master plan looks ahead to the year 2033 and outlines how the airport will develop the site to handle the 40% expected growth in passengers. A significant element of the £500M investment over the next 14 years is the terminal transformation project, to deliver a world-class terminal facility for our customers that can cater for the growth in demand.

“We are therefore delighted to have awarded Atkins the contract for the lead design and project management for this package of works and we look forward to working in collaboration with them.”

Atkins infrastructure managing director Mike McNicholas added: “The transformation of Birmingham Airport will bring improved connectivity and economic prosperity to the region. We look forward to working closely with Birmingham Airport and their stakeholders on this project, applying the latest technology and our human centred design approach in new and exciting ways to inform the airport’s transformation at this early stage.”

The Airport’s master plan outlines its role in driving future economic benefit to the region, which is expected to total £2.1bn a year and 34,000 jobs by 2033.

Birmingham Airport announced its £500M expansion plan in late 2018. The airport is seeking to increase its passenger numbers by 40% over the next 15 years, as it predicts an increase in demand from High Speed 2 (HS2).

Last week, Baroness Kramer also expressed support for expanding Birmingham Airport while voicing her opposition to a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Speaking of the prospect of expansion, she said: “I personally think that Birmingham is most ideal. Birmingham wants it and there is not local opposition to it because of the way it can be designed to have minimal impact on people. And we are going to get HS2 which means it [will be] 38 minutes from the terminal at Birmingham Airport into Euston.”

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