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Limak in key construction milestone at Kuwait airport
December 2019 488

Leading Turkish builder Limak has achieved a key milestone with the successful completion of the fabrication of 807 precast arch elements required for the inner roof of the new terminal at Kuwait International Airport.

Constructed and assembled by Limak, the design of the complex structure was undertaken by German-based firm Werner Sobek. Robert Bird Group, a member of one of the largest Asia-based urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms, was part of the project along with Surbana Jurong Group, which handled the roof’s construction methodology.

Limak Construction, a part of leading Turkish conglomerate, Limak Group, said the project requires more than 1 million cu m of concrete and over 200,000 tonnes of structural steel, procured locally.

Following the precast arches work, the post-tensioning and diaphragm slabs activities are ongoing at the project site. Precast installation is targeted to be completed ahead of schedule, it stated.

Terminal column works are in full swing, attaining 59% completion, while the floor slab works (44%) are ongoing along with shell cassette fabrication. The concreting work has been nearly 47% completed, while the shell cassette installation is ongoing.

Limak said with this move, nearly 95 per cent of the arches have been installed till date, while 85% of the project’s concrete quantity - around 1,002,720 cu m - has already been poured.
Celebrating the key milestone at a ceremony held at the Kuwait International Airport New Terminal II construction site, Limak said the project, which is being built at an estimated cost of KD1.312 billion ($4.3 billion) was now 25.6% complete.
The ceremony was also attended by representatives of the Robert Bird Group and Surbana Jurong Group.

During the event, Limak İnşaat Kuwait Project Director Richard Meredith unveiled the details of the company’s extensive operations and successful process of completing the precast arch elements and the substantial rate of the installation.

He explained its minute details to Hassan Taleb, the General Manager of Surbana Jurong, and Nick Barker, Global Infrastructure and Construction Engineering Leader at the Robert Bird Group.

Senior Limak officials including CEO Feyiz Genc, Country Manager Kayihan Bagdatli, senior board member Mohammad Al Omar and SMEC Regional Director of Transportation and Infrastructure  Ruban Muruganandan took part in addition to members of the Surana Jurong Group and Limak’s construction and design engineering teams.

On the key milestone, Meredith said: "We are proud to be here today with our solution providers at the Robert Bird Group who have played an extensive and important role in helping us complete the precast arch elements in support of the unique Kuwait terminal roof."

"Erection is well advanced and over 95% have been installed. The shell cassette fabrication is nearly 50% complete and installation has commenced," he added.

On completion of the new terminal, the Kuwait Airport will become one of the most advanced and environmentally conscious airports in the world and an iconic gateway to Kuwait.

The new passenger terminal will have the initial capacity to handle 25 million passengers per year and accommodate all aircraft types through 51 gates and stands.

It has set a target to become one of the first airport terminals in the world to achieve Leed Gold certification for energy and environmental design.

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