Jacobs picked to oversee construction of $700m Delhi Noida International Airport

US engineer Jacobs has been selected to programme manage the project to build the greenfield Delhi Noida International Airport (DNIA) in India.

The Dallas-based company was picked by Yamuna International Airport Private, a subsidiary of Zurich Airport International, which won the concession to develop and operate DNIA in 2019.

Zurich said it would invest some US$700m (CHF 650 million) in the first phase of construction, which it expected to last around four years. This phase will accommodate approximately 12 million passengers a year. 

Jacobs’ role will include strategic planning, risk management, digital solutions, design and interface management, procurement and contract management, construction management and testing and commissioning.

By 2024, DNIA will cover 1,334ha on the outskirts of the town of Jewar in Uttar Pradesh.

The second phase of the scheme will see a second terminal and runway built, increasing capacity to 30 million passengers a year.

Bob Pragada, Jacob’s president, commented: "Delhi is already one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world and it’s growing quickly. The airport will deliver much-needed aviation capacity for the city, helping to boost tourism, create jobs and support economic development in the region." 

He added that the airport would improve connectivity to cities in Uttar Pradesh, which is home to tourist attractions such as the Taj Mahal.

It will also alleviate congestion at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi’s sole international airport, which is expected to exceed more than 100 million passengers before 2030.

Christoph Schnellmann, Yamuna’s chief executive, said Jacobs would help his company build a fully digital airport that will be the first net zero emissions airport in its class, "setting a new standard for sustainable aviation".

The terminal was designed by a consortium made up of Nordic – Office of Architecture (Iceland), Grimshaw (UK), Haptic Architects (UK) and STUP Consultants (India). Other consultants on the project include Netherlands Airport Consultants, MEP engineer Urban Systems Design (UK), consulting engineer Cowi (Denmark) and Aeon Consultants (India).

Image: Delhi Noida’s terminal was designed by a consortium made up of Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP (Image courtesy of Nordic – Office of Architecture)

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