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Atkins to work as consultant on daa’s airfield engineering projects


Atkins – a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group – has been appointed by daa as its multi-disciplinary design consultant for the delivery of civil and airfield engineering design services at Dublin and Cork airports.

Under the terms of the five-year Civil Engineering Design Services Framework contract – extendable by three years – Atkins will integrate with daa’s in-house design team to upgrade landside and airside infrastructure including aprons, runways and taxiways, as part of a €2.9 billion capital investment programme.

The appointment adds to Atkins’ role as multi-disciplinary consultant supporting the upgrade of terminals and ancillary buildings at both airports.

Ultan McCloskey, director of infrastructure at daa, said: “We continue to prioritise our investment in the enhancement of infrastructure at both Dublin and Cork airports.

“The appointment of Atkins as our civil and airfield engineering design services framework consultant will allow daa to continue our ongoing upgrade of campus infrastructure to meet future demand.

“We enjoy a long-standing relationship with Atkins and look forward to continuing our work with them in the coming five years. Their strong global aviation experience will complement daa’s existing technical capabilities, enabling us to meet the engineering challenges that lie ahead.”

Services being provided by Atkins include:

  • The rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, aprons, stands, roads, car parks, airport campus infrastructure and campus utilities external to the terminal buildings both airside and landside;
  • Civil engineering works associated with airport campus and airfields, landside surface access infrastructure, drainage, attenuation, earthworks, pavements, potable and foul water services and aerodrome geometry, and may include planning requirements;
  • General electrical (LV and MV) and IT systems, substations, MV networks, generators, UPS and power transfer systems;
  • Specialised Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) systems, AGL control and monitoring systems, airfield substations, road lighting, traffic control lighting systems, area lighting (including car park and apron stands), car park electrical systems (including but not limited to barriers and cameras), airbridges, and Fixed Electrical Ground Power (FEGP).

Atkins’ appointment builds on a relationship with daa spanning 15 years, during which it has successfully completed projects at both airport campuses, including Cork Airport’s main runway rehabilitation which was delivered on-time, and to budget in collaboration with daa and Colas.

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