The new €22m South Gates passenger boarding area has been completed at Dublin Airport. It will be used mainly by Aer Lingus for flights to the UK and continental Europe, includes seven boarding gates to serve nine aircraft stands and is designed to accommodate around 8,000 passengers a day. The facility was built offsite and at over 62ft (19m) wide, it is believed to be the largest single span modular building delivered to date in the UK and Ireland.
The 23,680sq ft (2,200m2) building was constructed at the McAvoy Group’s production centre in Lisburn, Northern Ireland to reduce time on site. It was craned into position in 16 days as 77 steel-framed modules. The structure was engineered with uninterrupted clear spans and hot rolled steel beams were used to remove the requirement for internal columns. It is around 394ft (120m) long, and was designed to provide flexibility to accommodate departing flights in the busy early morning period and arrivals in the evening. It can also be segregated so around 1,000 departing and arriving passengers can be processed at the same time. Facilities include boarding gates, a café, toilets, baby changing and a workstation area with plugs and charging points. The glazed exterior is finished in two shades of anthracite grey aluminium cladding to complement the other passenger terminals. A screen of grey louvres wraps around the roof to conceal services and the plant rooms.
Commenting on the new facility, Iain Heath, project manager at Dublin Airport, 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. The finished building speaks for itself. It is a handsome new facility with high quality finishes and clean architectural lines.”
Eugene Lynch, managing director of The McAvoy Group, added, “This project successfully demonstrates the potential for offsite to improve the efficiency of airport construction, particularly in the development of airside facilities where it is so critical to minimise any impact on existing operations. We can reduce work on highly secure and constrained sites and rapidly install the buildings in a fast and efficient process, with no compromise on design.”
Dublin Airport has experienced a 6 per cent increase in passenger numbers in the past year and a record 29.6 million passengers used the airport in the last year.
Photo: McAvoy Group has handed over a new gate area at Dublin Airport. (McAvoy Group)