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Kuwait awards $4bn airport terminal project

Turkey's Limak Group and its local agent Kharafi National will build a new terminal over six-year period, raising capacity to 25 million passengers

Kuwait awards $4bn airport terminal project
A state-of-the-art terminal building will be developed at Kuwait International Airport to significantly increase the aviation hubs overall capacity, while setting a new environmental benchmark for airport buildings. Foster + Partners has designed a flexible masterplan for the site, with the terminal strategically located to anticipate and enable future expansion. The airport will initially accommodate 13 million passengers per year, with the flexibility to increase to 25 million passengers and to accommodate 50 million passengers with further development. The terminal has a trefoil plan, comprising three symmetrical wings of departure gates. Each facade spans 1.2 kilometres and all extend from a dramatic 25-metre-high central space. To further aid orientation, the building is planned under a single roof canopy, punctuated by glazed openings that filter daylight, while deflecting direct solar radiation. The canopy extends to shade a generous entrance plaza and is supported by tapering concrete columns their fluid, organic forms draw inspiration from the contrast between the solidity of the stone and the shape and movement of Kuwaits traditional dhow sailing boats. The project targets LEED gold it aims to be the first passenger terminal in the world to attain this level of environmental accreditation. The concrete structure provides thermal mass and the roof incorporates a large expanse of photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energy.

Kuwait has awarded Turkey's Limak Group and its local agent, Kharafi National, a contract to build a new airport terminal at a cost of 1.31 billion dinars ($4.34 billion), the Public Works Minister Ali al-Omair said on Monday.

The minister told a news conference that the project will be completed over six years and will raise the capacity of the airport to 25 million passengers from a current five million passengers.

Omair said the project was "one of the biggest projects" under the current government development plan.

"It has been long delayed but we reached the first step," he told a news conference.

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