Amsterdam’s Schipol airport has chosen to re-tender its contract for a pier that was originally awarded to a joint venture between Dutch contractor Ballast Nedam and Turkish airport specialist Tav Construction.
The contract for the 55,000 sq m Pier A, awarded in 2018, is intended to add eight gates to the airport: five on the north side for narrow-body planes and three on the south side for wide-body planes. Two further gates were planned following initial completion.
The cancellation of the contract will mean the majority of the remaining scope of pier A will go out to tender, after which a new delivery schedule will be announced.
Hanne Buis, Royal Schiphol Group’s chief projects officer, said: “As announced during the presentation of the interim results this year, the completion of pier A is not proceeding as expected.
“We have had extensive discussions about this with the contractor, during which we did not reach an agreement. This is unfortunate for all parties. We are currently working on a plan to complete and deliver pier A with other contractors as soon as possible.”
When the contract was awarded in 2018, Birgit Otto, Royal Schiphol Group’s chief operations officer, said: “We are very satisfied with the combination between the Dutch Ballast Nedam and the Turkish company Tav Construction, which is specialised in aviation.
“With the joint knowledge of these companies, we are able to provide airlines and passengers additional capacity and modern facilities at Schiphol in the most efficient way. The project must be realised without compromising the safety or capacity at our airport. The joint venture has everything it takes to make this challenging project a success.”