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  • Northside West

Work begins on air traffic control tower

Thursday, 12th April, 2018 1:00pm
Work begins on air traffic control tower

The new tower will be operational by 2020.

Work begins on air traffic control tower

The new tower will be operational by 2020.

WORK has begun on a new 86.9 metre-high air traffic control tower at Dublin Airport.

The Irish Aviation Authority say the new tower is needed to facilitate parallel runway operations by 2021.

The construction phase of the project is expected to be completed by 2019, after which it will be handed over to IAA Technology and Operations, for the installation, commissioning and testing of equipment and systems.

The new facility will be ready for single runway operation during the first half of 2020 and will be able to facilitate parallel runway operations by 2021 when the Northern Parallel Runway is introduced at Dublin Airport.

Peter Kearney, IAA Chief Executive Designate, said the new ATC tower, as one of the tallest structures in Ireland, will be clearly visible to all passengers travelling via Dublin.

“Ireland as an island nation is hugely dependent upon aviation and therefore the safe and efficient management of air traffic growth remains a key driver for our economy,” he added.

“Dublin Air Traffic Control handled 223,195 total terminal movements and close to 30 million passengers in 2017.

“The IAA continues to invest in its state-of-the-art air traffic management system and in the development of our staff, to deliver a world class service to the highest safety standards.

“I am proud of the team effort to bring the new tower to this stage of development and I’m looking forward to its operational usage.”

The current Dublin ATC tower will remain operational for contingency purposes when the new Dublin ATC tower is up and running.

BAM Ireland is the main contractor constructing the new tower.

“BAM has just completed the continuous concrete pour creating the 81 metre shaft for what will be a stand-out iconic structure,” said Theo Cullinane, BAM Ireland Chief Executive.

“Well done to the BAM team involved. This is a great achievement for this element of the work, particularly when you consider the recent severe weather conditions encountered. The ATC tower is a shining example of the expertise, collaboration and dedication of the team involved.”

David Cahill, Architect at Scott Tallon Walker, said his firm have been breaking new ground, challenging conventions and coming up with innovative solutions for over 50 years.

“As is the case with the new Dublin Air Traffic Control Tower,” he added.

“The height of the new Dublin Air Traffic Control Tower will ensure that it becomes a significant feature on the Dublin skyline, however, upon completion, it will still be a slim, purposeful and elegant structure.”

 

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