Abu Dhabi air traffic tower on track
Abu Dhabi, April 21, 2010
The construction of the air traffic control complex (ATCC) for the Abu Dhabi International Airport is on schedule to be fully operational in 2010, said its developer.
ADPI, a Dubai-based international planning and design firm, had won in 2006 an international contest for the new control tower and air traffic control facilities within the scope of the Abu Dhabi International Airport extension project.
ADPI has positioned the ATCC midway between the two runways and is designed to include a five-storey technical and support building integrated with a 110-metre-high visual control tower, the tallest in this region, a statement said.
The swaying curves, resembling the crescent of the moon, the sails of traditional "dhows" or the blade of the broadsword, give diverse and varied architectural perception depending on the point of view.
The transparency of the East and West façades, which are covered by ETFE panels and openwork sunbreaks respectively allow sunlight to pass through the structure during the day and provide spectacular lighting effects at night.
The ETFE cushions on the façade and their automatic cleaning system is the first project using this material in the region and the first time in the world that such a cleaning system has been used, the statement added.
The ATCC comprises of approximately 7300 sq m (usable built-up area). The lower floors host the technical block including offices, an approach room and simulators, as well as associated equipment room, and a training floor constitute the largest part of the usable floor area on 5 levels (ground floor to level 4).
The ATCC will be operated with the most sophisticated systems of automation designed and provided by Thales, a major aerospace and airlines security firm.
An uninhabited shaft surmounts these floors and supports the upper levels which host the visual control room and associated spaces as well as an external walkway for maintenance.
The tower structure from the ground floor through level 5 is cast-in-place reinforced concrete with pre-cast hollow core/pre-stressed concrete floor slabs.
Level 6 through level 20 is slip formed reinforced concrete shaft with steel framing and special façades of steel structure. The cab level is of specialized steel and glass construction.
This unique tower has been designed to house two special types of operations, i.e., aerodrome control in the VCR and approach control at level 1. From the perspective of construction, this is one of the most developed buildings ever built.
ATCC civil works were awarded to Kumho – Ascon JV. All concrete and steel works for the main building and guard house have been completed. The systems contract was awarded to Thales. – TradeArabia News Service