Jacobs to be programme management consultant for $14bn New Manila Airport

US engineer Jacobs is to act as programme management consultant for the New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulacan Province.

Jacobs was appointed by San Miguel Corporation (SMC), the Philippines’ largest company in terms of revenue, which is planning to invest $14bn in the project.

The 2,500ha NMIA is located 35km north of Manila. It will have four runways and will eventually be able to handle 100 million passengers each year.

Jacobs will be charged with advising the client and managing the project’s contracts, design, scheduling and financial planning.

Patrick Hill, Jacobs’ senior vice president, said: "This is a transformative project for the people of the Philippines, boosting employment opportunities and unlocking trade and tourism potential in the region.

"Our appointment is an opportunity to leverage our significant aviation design and programme management experience to deliver a sustainable and world-class aviation hub that supports the Philippines’ growth aspirations long into the future."

Ramon Ang, SMC’s president, said: "The Philippines is changing, our economy and our aspirations for the future are growing. The airport hub will provide more and better livelihood opportunities for our people."

Image: A rendering of the airport (SMC)

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  1. A few fundamental problems here re: overall layout. There are often severe wind conditions in the Philippines. These four runways are directly adjacent to terminal structures which does not allow for an aircraft’s instantaneous lateral drift upon take-off or landing in gusty conditions. The radial geometry is problematic re: aircraft backing out and entering the parking zone at jetway – easy to back into one-another here. I hope the project cost estimates have included monumental expense of creating adequate sub-grade for 18″ thick reinforced concrete runways on mucky coastal land in Philippines. Foundation costs to compact subgrade to required 95% will break this budget. Is this entire airport going to rest on a colossal grid of friction pilings 75 feet deep?

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