Client: Peel Airports
Start / completion dates: Feb 2004 - Jan
Contract type: Management Contract
Procurement method: Traditional
Project construction value: £80m
Services provided: Civil Engineering, Structural
Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Transport Planning
Built upon the site of the former RAF Finningley air
base, Capita Symonds was appointed from initial scheme stage
through to planning approval and onto detailed design and
construction phases, to provide full civil, structural,
geotechnical and highways engineering services to Peel Airports for
the development of the new £80m Robin Hood Airport.
Capita Symonds was responsible for the airport landside civil
and structural works, together with highway works for access roads,
car parks and local road and junction improvements. Our specialist
Geo-environmental team also carried out extensive desktop and
intrusive investigations for all areas where new works were
proposed to establish design parameters.
The design of the Terminal building was developed to meet the
client brief for a structure with large open spaces in critical
areas and which was flexible enough to accommodate future
modification and expansion as passenger numbers increased. The
chosen solution meets these criteria, adopting a steel frame with
curved tubular trusses to support the roof above the public
concourses, creating a distinctive architectural feature.
Local to the Terminal building, the set-down area has been
designed to provide bus stops adjacent to the main doors and allow
easy drop-off from the circulation route around the main car park.
The immediate access roads are new and tie into widened existing
roads through the old RAF estate to the public highways.
Extensive modifications were designed to the airport entrances
incorporating a traffic light controlled junction and new
roundabout mainly for HGV access to the existing estate and cargo
facility. Off-site modifications were needed to numerous highway
junctions on local roads to accommodate the increased traffic to
and from the airport. All these works were designed and undertaken
after consultation with the local authority highways
under Section 106 and 278 agreements.
Construction work started in February 2004 and the airfield was
handed over in January 2005 to receive light aircraft and allow ATC
training before the first commercial flight took off on 28 April
2005, an overall period of just over 14 months.
For further information on this project contact: Geoff Gilbert,
T: (0161) 486 1521, email@example.com