Gate Bridges: The works comprised of the construction of three additional gate bridges 4,5 & 6 to support the future demands of the Airport. Gates 5 & 6 have been integrated together within one structure forming two gate bridges divided by a separating wall and access stairs to the apron level. The Gate 3 bridge is a singular bridge with the addition of a passenger lift.
The construction of the gate bridges consisted of a steel frame, external cladding with internal metal stud walls with OSB liner board with plasterboard over and finished with Altro whiterock sheets. The stairwell was of a steel structure finished with hardwearing polydeck tread/nosing and landing plates. Double doors leading onto the bridges and apron were controlled by an access control swipe card system, LED lighting on PIRs within the bridges/stairwells and fire alarm sounders/call points throughout.
Internal Modifications: Major internal modifications within the terminal and central search area involved the demolition of a full height dividing wall to open up the Departure lounge area. Minor works to the arrivals and check area consisted of the removal of existing free-standing kiosk with the same challenges.
Key Project Challenges
Working within the restrictions and regulations of a live airport without causing disruptions to the airport’s activities.
Working within a phased area handover programme.
Working to CAA rules and regulations.
Airside - obtaining Statutory training requirements for this area.
Obtaining and coordinating airport security passes for all Britcon and sub-contract staff including all deliveries/collections
How we successfully delivered the project
Detailed planning and programming and constant liaising with DSA ensured the demolition works were carried out in a safe and dust-free manner while maintaining uninterrupted running of the airport.
Planning in advance for deliveries of all materials used during the construction was carried out, which included skip exchanges where passes needed to be in place.
We implemented DSA’s procedures to ensure the works ran smoothly, regularly liaising with the Airport’s duty managers to make sure our works did not impact flights, and held regular programme reviews with DSA .
Visual leadership tours and coordination meetings were held to ensure best practice. H&S provisions were of the highest standard.
Added Value and Social Impact
Alternative lift manufacturers were explored and engaged to offer savings to benefit the client.
The construction of the lift shaft was explored and a pre-cast lift shaft was used thus saving costs and time on the programme.