Atkins wins “major” Hong Kong airport contract

UK-based consultancy Atkins, the design has won what it calls a "major, strategic" consultancy service contract at Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports.

The contract, for airfield facilities design of the planned three-runway system, will allow the airport to handle 102 million passengers, 8.9 million tonnes of cargo and 607,000 aircraft movements per year by 2030.

Prof Dr Uwe Krueger, Atkins’ chief executive officer, said: "This significant contract win further strengthens our 20 year relationship with the Airport Authority Hong Kong and will allow us to assist our client in further developing the world class passenger facilities at the airport.

"We’re committed to continuing to support HKIA in improving its competitiveness for the benefit of passengers and the region’s economic development."

Atkins’ scope of services includes the detailed design of a new third runway and associated taxiways, taxi lanes and aircraft parking aprons complete with associated airfield and apron systems, utility services and modification of the existing north runway. This contract also includes the associated construction stage design services.

Several other contracts to facilitate HKIA’s mid- and long-term expansion are being undertaken by Atkins including the detailed design for the second phase of the Midfield Development and the detailed design of 650 hectares of reclaimed land in preparation for the construction of the 3RS.

The announcement of the contract win came as Atkins posted good financial results for the year ending 31 March 2016. It said that revenue was up 6% to £1.86bn, while underlying operating profit rose 10.5% on the year before, with a 8% margin target achieved.

Photograph: Hong Kong International Airport is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok, made largely from land reclaimed for the construction of the airport itself (Wikimedia Commons)

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