Speed of construction of a mega airport in Turkey has been a major eye opener for a senior figure on the scheme.
Aecom senior vice president of global aviation Bernardo Gogna has been impressed by the pace of work on Istanbul New Airport.
Aecom last year won the contract to design the airside works for the airport, which will eventually have an annual capacity of 150M passengers.
Gogna spoke to NCE about the project ahead of the NCE Airports conference later this week.
“Within a year of starting they had poured 25% of the concrete,” he said. “Within a year and a half there were 30 cranes on site. Now there are more than 10,000 people.
“Other countries can learn from Turkey how to deliver things so fast.”
Aecom’s client is IGA, a consortium of five Turkish contractors comprising Cengiz, Mapa, Limak, Kolin and Kalyon.
Gogna said the airport was being built across a series of hills, requiring huge volumes of earth movement.
“It is not easy – it’s challenging,” he said. “But we are happy to be involved and we are learning.”
Gogna will share some of his experience from the Istanbul New Airport project at the New Civil Engineer Airports conference, which takes place at the America Square Conference Centre on 25 and 26 May.