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Wednesday30 July 2014

Arup Associates eyes Italian airport expansion

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Arup Associates is carrying out a feasibility study into expanding Venice Marco Polo Airport in Italy.

The team has linked up with Arup’s Milan office — which is leading on the project — with Marcus Lee and James Finestone, who both worked on the Heathrow T5 project when the pair were at Richard Rogers, heading the scheme for Arup Associates.

As well as design studies, the feasibility work will include people movement as well as transport links.

The airport is the fifth largest in Italy by numbers and last year carried more than 6.7 million passengers.

Lee said the airport operator, Italian firm SAVE which is partially owned by local authorities, wants extra space because a terminal opened eight years ago is already close to capacity. “It’s almost a mini masterplan,” he added.

As part of the study, officials from SAVE will visit London’s T5, and Lee said its study will be wrapped up by early next year.

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  • Mike Duriez

    Marcus Lee and his special helper Jamie Flintstone's T5 input was quite off the radar at Roger's office. They were more flight attendants than the pilots. Now that they have been airlifted from Flacq's self-destruction, it is their turn to fly Arup Associates into the soft, soggy ground of the Veneto.

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  • Les Dobo

    There is a reported civil war in Arup Associates offices in Fitzroy Square, as one firm merges with another and the recession means that it is like a group of bald men in polo-necks fighting for a comb. One set of tricky egos meet another set of egos, neither with that much talent. Marcus and Jamie are just sheltering from all the Flacq in sunny Venice, while the Titanic sails on.

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