Northern Irish firm McAvoy has completed the offsite construction of a €22m terminal extension for Dublin Airport.
The company says the building is "the largest single-span modular building delivered to date in the UK and Ireland". It contains seven boarding gates serving nine aircraft stands and is designed to accommodate around 8,000 passengers a day.
The 2,200 sq m facility was built up from 77 steel-framed modules that were craned into position over 16 days. The building was engineered with steel beams to achieve 19m-wide uninterrupted clear spans.
Iain Heath, Dublin Airport project manager, said: "This is one of the fastest projects we have ever completed at the airport – from planning to the first flight in just 18 months.
"We were impressed with how McAvoy used BIM and virtual reality. As an airport we have a complex approvals process, but the digital techniques allowed the senior management team to ‘walk through’ the building and to experience the facility, which facilitated design sign off."
The South Gates passenger boarding area was developed to meet the growth in passenger numbers at Dublin and will be used mainly by Aer Lingus for flights to the UK and continental Europe.
The contractor for the project was Flynn Management & Contractors, the lead consultant was Arup and the architects were Kavanagh Tuite and Blue Sky.
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