Sunday20 August 2017

Brits beaten for Istanbul control tower

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Aecom pips Grimshaw and Zaha Hadid to job

Zaha Hadid and Grimshaw are among those to have been beaten by Aecom for the chance to design an air traffic control tower at the new airport going up in Istanbul.

Grimshaw was already working on terminal one at the scheme and is among a number of UK firms that have been involved in the project including Haptic and GMW, now owned by Scott Brownrigg. The airport’s masterplanner is Arup.

Aecom’s tulip-inspired tower has been produced in collaboration with Italian car designer Pininfarina.

Air traffic control tower New Istanbul Airport


Other firms to miss out on the control tower were RMJM, Italian practice Fuksas and Moshe Safdie which has offices in the US, Canada and Israel.

Istanbul New Airport is located 35km outside of the city, on the European side, adjacent to the Black Sea. Once completed it is expected to initially serve 90 million passengers per year but subsequent planned phases will expand the airport to include six runways and three terminal buildings with a capacity to serve 180 million passengers annually.

It will be delivered in four phases, with the first opening in 2018.



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  • A bit harsh - I wouldn't have thought the designs were that bad.......

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