• Jordan’s Consolidated Engineering Construction Company wins Doha airport reclamation deal
  • Contract is valued at QR277m ($76m)
  • Reclaimed land will be used for the Western Taxiways

The New Doha International Airport Steering Committee has awarded a QR277m ($76m) contract to Jordan’s Consolidated Engineering Construction Company for construction work at Hamad International airport.

The scope of work covers land reclamation and revetment works for the enlargement of the existing reclaimed platform on the northwestern tip of the airport. The 110 hectares of new land will be used for the new Western Taxiways. It is expected that the entire reclamation will be complete by the first quarter of 2017.

In September the steering committee unveiled plans for the expansion of the airport. The expansion comprises three main elements: the extension of the main terminal building; the construction of concourse D and E; and the connection with the Red Line of the Doha Metro.

The main terminal expansion will feature a new premium check-in area comprising 17 new counters, which will be served by a new access road and kerbside drop-off point to the east of the main terminal building. To the west, 47 new economy check-in counters will be built in addition to new baggage carousels.

The new D and E concourse will increase the size of the overall airport terminal by 400,000 square metres to more than 1 million square metres. The plan calls for a 1.3-kilometre-long concourse with a width of 60 metres.

Plans for the metro connection are less developed as the steering committee works with Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) to finalise design plans. It is likely the scheme will involve a connecting bridge between the existing mosque and lagoon from the terminal building to an underground station.

A tender should be issued by the end of the year for the construction of the Emiri hangar expansion. Located to the north of existing maintenance facilities, the new hangar will be 395 metres long and have a capacity for 13 aircraft. The US’ Foster+Partners is the design consultant.

On the original grassroots construction of HIA, the NDIA Steering Committee awarded some 350 contracts. A total of 50,000 workers worked on the project, which covers an area of 22 square kilometres, 44km of road, 100 buildings, 21 road bridges, five tunnels, four central utility plants and a 290,000-sq-m lagoon.

The total cost of the project was $15.5bn, far in excess of its original budget.