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Edinburgh Airport


Edinburgh Airport was owned and operated by BAA Airports, and later sold to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). BAA Airports forecast that passenger traffic would grow considerably over the next decade. A multi-phase project was published to expand Edinburgh Airport in order to cope with the increase in passengers and aircraft. The masterplan includes the construction of hangers, aircraft stands and significant improvements to transportation to and from the airport.

Part of the expansion of Edinburgh Airport will include a £40 million terminal project that part of a proposed £100 million investment, funded by GIP. The ten-year project will extend the terminal by 5,000 square metres to increase its capacity and offer more space for passengers.

Designed by Archial Group, construction of the new terminal was awarded to Balfour Beatty. The first phase of the project, which includes a new departure lounge, will house a range of shops, restaurants and bars. A terminal expansion plan was later announced as part of a five year investment programme, expanding the security area, immigration, customs and international reclaim facilities and new retail spaces.

As part of the expansion of the airport, Balfour Beatty asked Hoard-it to provide them with a hoarding solution. Hoard-it supplied 180LM of blocks, steel and mesh hoarding panels for the Edinburgh airport project. Full mesh panels were used to meet the temporary works requirements for airside winds and traffic.

Other construction projects at the airport included runway resurfacing, and the new surface is expected to last for ten years. This involved approximately 25,000 tonnes of new asphalt and the replacement of 1,000 runway lights. The Air Traffic Control tower also underwent a modernisation programme.

To tackle the environmental impact of the growth of the airport, Edinburgh Airport works with Sustainable Aviation. It also is part of a carbon trading system to lower overall emissions and reduce its carbon output.

Main Contractor

Balfour Beatty