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24 May 2011

Mott MacDonald appointed master planner and engineering designer for the expansion of Male’ International Airport, Republic of Maldives

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by GADL International Limited – on behalf of the GMR and MAHB consortium which was awarded the 25 year development and operating concession for Male’ International Airport (MIA) –to provide master planning and detailed engineering design services for the US$368 million expansion and modernisation of MIA. The project includes the development of a new state of the art terminal, ancillary buildings and support facilities.

The expansion and modernisation of MIA will allow it to cater for the projected future growth of air traffic in the Maldives as well as meet and maintain International Civil Aviation Organisation safety standards. The expansion programme will make MIA the primary gateway for travellers in the Maldives as well as increasing service quality standards for passengers.

Mott MacDonald will be providing the full airport master plan for MIA as well as all engineering design, construction support, cost estimation and management for a new 55,000m² passenger terminal building. It will provide 23 new aircraft stands, five of which are bridged. The other main facilities include a dedicated VIP terminal and cargo terminal, the refurbishment and widening of the existing runway and the development of a new taxiway system. A ground handling base, maintenance building, fire station and a fuel system will also be included in the expansion programme.

Mott MacDonald’s project director Gaurav Srivastava said, “We are delighted to be appointed to this high profile and prestigious project which is set to meet world class aviation standards of safety and reliability as well as improve the experience for travellers using Male’ International Airport.”

Paul Martin, Mott MacDonald’s project manager, added, “All work on the project will be carried out to a high environmental standard with the aim of meeting a minimum LEED silver certification.”

“As with all island airport projects, challenging aspects of this expansion include limited space – reclamation is restricted by the coral which surrounds the island – and the problems of procurement, as most of the resources will need to be imported to the site.”

The expansion of Male’ International Airport is due to be completed by the end of 2014.


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