Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) on Tuesday appointed Taylor Woodrow International Construction to carry out major expansion work at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The new contract is part of the capacity enhancement programme at the UAE capital's airport which is focused on accommodating the growing traffic at its facilities.
The £14.8m (AED84m) joint venture between Taylor Woodrow and Abu Dhabi contractor Fibrex Construction Group will see extensive upgrades in the airport's Terminal 3.
Starting this month, the 12-month project includes the addition of two new passenger buildings and a link bridge.
A 6,015 sq m bus gates building will provide a lounge area for 2,000 passengers and will serve as the transfer facility between Terminal 3 and remote aircraft parking positions.
The building's first floor will be fitted with a 3,200 sq m Etihad Business Lounge. Additionally, a steel framed passenger link bridge that will connect the building with Terminal 3's departures level will be built.
The second building to be constructed will house the transfer passenger screening facilities. The steel framed structure will add 2,700 sq m to the existing terminal.
The full project is slated to be completed and delivered by February 2014.
Ali Majed Al Mansouri, chairman of ADAC, said: "ADAC is committed to providing the best services to airlines and passengers despite the existing capacity challenges."
In 2012, the airport saw 18.9 percent growth in passenger traffic compared to the previous year.
He added: "The new work at Terminal 3 will extend the handling capacity of the facilities, accommodating the movement growth of Etihad Airways and other carriers operating from this terminal."
Simon Jewell, operations director UAE for Taylor Woodrow International, said: "We are delighted to be working with Abu Dhabi Airports Company on this exciting project and being part of the continued expansion plans for this airport."