Turner & Townsend and IGG win construction contract on Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
A major expansion of the main international airport in the Netherlands has been awarded to Turner & Townsend and construction finance specialists IGG.
In a joint venture, the contract will cover the controlling of all costs of construction work for a new terminal and pier, and associated projects, both land and airside at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Scheduled for completion in 2023, the new terminal will be constructed to the south of Schiphol Plaza and will be connected to the existing terminal. An estimated 14 million passengers per year will pass through the terminal and pier.
The new pier will be located near Cargo Station 1 and is expected to be ready for use in late 2019. The pier will house multiple wide and narrow-body aircraft.
This project is one of over 140 major airport development programmes for Turner & Townsend worldwide. IGG is an independent consultant specialising in cost engineering and cost control for construction and civil engineering.
Astrid Boumans-Bakker, Associate Director for Turner & Townsend, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside IGG on such an important airport expansion programme that meets the long-term capacity growth for Schiphol.
“We have vast experience in delivering cost management in the aviation sector and our expertise will help identify any risks and keep each individual project within budget.”
Gerard Geurtjens, A Area Project Director for Schiphol, added: “IGG / Turner & Townsend was the strongest bidder and we’re reassured by the consultancy’s reputation working on some of world’s largest aviation projects.”
“Amsterdam Airport Schiphol needs additional space in order to accommodate and facilitate the growth in both the number of passengers and air transport movements.”
“With the development of a new pier and terminal, Schiphol is investing in the capacity and quality of Mainport Schiphol, as well as strengthening the airport's international competitive position.”
“At the same time, Schiphol is working hard to improve accessibility to the airport through investments in the public transport hub, Schiphol Plaza and the Jan Dellaertplein.”
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University of Dresden constructs carbon concrete building
The Technical University of Dresden, in partnership with German architecture firm Henn, is constructing the first building to be made out of concrete and carbon fibre, rather than traditional steel.
The combination of materials, known as, “carbon concrete” has the same structural strength as its steel-reinforced alternative but less concrete is used, according to researchers at the university.
The building, called “The Cube” is currently under construction at the University of Dresden’s campus in Germany, and is believed to be the first carbon concrete building in the world. Strengthening the concrete, the carbon fibre yarns are used to create a mesh into which the concrete is then poured.
Unlike steel, the mesh is rust-proof meaning that the lifespan of carbon concrete is longer than that of the more typical steel-reinforced concrete. This also allows the layers to be much thinner than steel.
The design and shape of The Cube
According to the companies, the flexibility of carbon fibre allows the walls to fold up and become a roof. In a statement talking about the building’s design elements, Hen said: “The design of The Cube reinterprets the fluid, textile nature of carbon fibres by seamlessly merging the ceiling and walls in a single form, suggesting a future architecture in which environmentally conscious design is paired with formal freedom and a radical rethinking of essential architectural elements.
"The wall and ceiling are no longer separate components but functionally merge into one another as an organic continuum.” Displayed as a showpiece for TU Dresden’s major project, backed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, The Cube aims to explore the potential uses of carbon concrete in construction.
"Carbon concrete could contribute to more flexible and resource-saving construction processes, and switching to carbon concrete could reduce the CO2 emissions from construction by up to 50%," Henn said in a statement.
Bio-based carbon fibre under development to reduce carbon footprint
While carbon fibre may be lighter and stronger than steel, it has a much higher carbon footprint. Describing the material’s impact on the environment, Dr Erik Frank, Senior Carbon Scientist at the German Institute of Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf (DITF), said it is “usually very bad.” To reduce the carbon footprint, Frank is finding ways to make carbon fibre out of lignin, a common plant-based substance found in the paper manufacturing industry.