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Skywalk opens at Dublin Airport

13 November 2007

A spectacular new walkway and bridge has opened at Dublin Airport.

Designed by a team from Capita Symonds, and architects SOM, the new ‘Skywalk’ centrepiece structure provides access to the airport’s new €120m Pier D terminal building - opened this week by Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.

The complex new link cable stayed bridge is particularly unusual as it curves through 90 degrees in plan and provides segregated corridors for arrivals and departures. It is formed from a 12m wide, 4.5m high, 86m long truss supported from 24 cables connected to inclined twin towers, while the deck spans between conventional walkways to a new terminal pier.

Capita Symonds' Project Manager Mark Badcock says: “The overall structural form was developed with SOM to provide an eye-catching access solution that also preserves views of the existing airport building. The combination of the raking 35m high masts and deck curvature have certainly provided some unique geometrical and analytical challenges!”

The new terminal building will provide 14 new boarding gates/stands and will be capable of handling approximately 10 million passengers per year - half the number of passengers that currently use the airport.

Opening Pier D, Bertie Ahern said “Dublin Airport is the fastest growing major airport in Europe and one of the busiest - with annual passenger numbers having doubled to more than 20 million over the past decade, and set to increase to 30 million by the middle of the next decade.”

“The huge increase in passenger numbers has, of course, put a great deal of pressure on the facilities at the airport, especially during the very busy summer months. That is why the Dublin Airport Authority is investing €2bn over the next decade to radically improve the passenger experience here."