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UK firm wins deal to design $32bn Al Maktoum Int'l expansion

Leslie Jones Architecture is hired to work on commercial design strategy of airport at Dubai World Central

UK firm wins deal to design $32bn Al Maktoum Int'l expansion

A UK-based architecture firm has been commissioned by Dubai Airports to support the $32 billion expansion of Dubai World Central, the emirate's newest aviation hub.

Leslie Jones Architecture will work on the commercial design strategy for the Al Maktoum International Airport at DWC, it said in a statement.

The appointment comes months after Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai endorsed the AED120 billion expansion of DWC which will ultimately accommodate more than 200 million passengers a year.

Leslie Jones’ commercial design strategy for the future airport will ensure that premium space is effectively planned, and successful airport businesses will be ideally positioned to engage with high volumes of global travellers, said Simon Scott, head of international business who will lead the project.

“A profound understanding of operators’ challenges, within an aviation context, is critical when designing such an environment. Our design strategy will address this by supporting the creation of an integrated commercial environment that will elevate consumer engagement and optimise space intelligently,” he said in a statement.

Eugene Barry, EVP Commercial Group at Dubai Airports added: “Our vision for the future airport is to create a travel environment which is customer-focused and space-efficient, proactively supporting non-aeronautical commercial opportunities though successful partnerships and concepts appropriate to a development of this magnitude. 

"Leslie Jones has been appointed to bring their expertise in specialist mixed-use schemes to our newest development project.”

In September, Dubai announced plans to spend $32 billion expanding Al Maktoum International Airport, making it the world’s largest airport.

Al Maktoum International Airport, which began passenger flights in October 2013, will be developed in two phases.

Phase one will include two satellite buildings which will jointly be able to handle around 120 million passengers annually and accommodate up to 100 A380 superjumbos at any given time.

This first phase will take between six and eight years to complete and the project will cover an area of 56 square kilometres. It is anticipated the airport will ultimately be able to accommodate more than 200 million passengers a year when complete, a quarter more than the previous estimate of 160 million.

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