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The Grupo Carso consortium, which includes FCC, signs contract to construct new terminal at Mexico City Airport


The Grupo Carso consortium, which includes FCC, signs contract to construct new terminal at Mexico City Airport

In conjunction with the Mexico City Airport Group, belonging to the Secretary of Communications and Transport of the Mexican Government, the Grupo Carso consortium, which includes FCC and other companies in the sector, has signed the contract to build the terminal building of the New International Airport for Mexico City (NAICM), which was awarded on 6 January of this year.
The Grupo Carso consortium, which includes FCC, signs contract to construct new terminal at Mexico City Airport

The contract is worth 84.8 billion Mexican pesos (4.2 billion dollars / 3.925 billion euros) and will have a 44 month completion deadline.

The signatory consortium was awarded the contract after submitting the best economic and technical bid for the project. The new airport, which will be built on land located in the Federal Zone of Lake Texcoco, will be the world's second most important under construction. The main contract to build the new airfield will be one of the largest infrastructure works currently underway in Latin America.

Carlos M. Jarque, CEO FCC Group, said: “FCC has over 110 years of experience in delivering infrastructure projects of this type. Through cutting edge construction methods and technical expertise it adds value to projects, ensuring their success”.

About the project

The contract award is for the construction of a building with an area of 743,000 square metres over four floors on a plot of land measuring 4, 430 hectares. Arrivals, baggage reclaim and all services relating to ground handling and the baggage handling system will be located on the first floor. This level will also include access to the car park, the flight information area, the short stay car park and access to the Metro from the Ground Transportation Centre.

The second floor will be used for international arrivals, immigration and the flight transfer area. Departures will be located on the third floor which will have a large central shopping area, departure passageways and an area reserved for pre-clearance. Lastly, the fourth floor will include a car park, the check-in area and security control.

The surface area of the roof will be double the size of that in Terminal 4 of Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. It will be made of aluminium sheets and ceramic glass that will channel rainwater, wind and sunlight through pipes and photosensitive systems in order to be used inside.

The building has been designed by architects Norman Foster and Fernando Romero and will take the shape of an X, alluding to Mexico. It will have the capacity to transport around 125 million passengers per year. The sustainable building will have LEED Platinum energy certification (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), with a neutral environmental footprint.

In addition, the new terminal will have six runways with "triple simultaneous" operation which will make the future airport of Mexico City one of the first to use this system outside of the European Union.

The project will involve large-scale hydraulic works. The regulation capacity of the area will be tripled to 38 million cubic metres (60 times that of the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City), thereby limiting the risk of flooding. 24 water treatment plants will also be built to increase the treatment capacity available and casing will be placed on 25 kilometres of open drainage network. These measures will reduce health risks and bad smells while also increasing the availability of clean water in the area. The water used in the terminal will also be 100% treated so as not to affect the drinking water supply to the surrounding areas.

An environmentally degraded area will be regenerated by the project. New green areas will be created, including the 'Bosque Metropolitano' [Metropolitan Forest] which, with an area of 670 hectares, will become the area's main green zone. In addition, new wetlands will be created to protect local biodiversity and reduce the impact of noise pollution on the nearby population.

About FCC

FCC Group is a worldwide leader in environmental services, water management and infrastructure works. Its history stretches back over 100 years during which it has accumulated extensive experience across these sectors. FCC Group is internationally renowned for providing smart and sustainable services to citizens. It has over 50,000 employees currently operating in over 25 countries. It works closely with communities to ensure that the works and services it delivers contribute to local development and the improvement of people’s quality of life.

The company has a strong track record of delivering important airport works including: Terminal 4 in Madrid Barajas airport, Terminal 2 in Barcelona-El Prat airport, Riga airport in Lithuania and the international terminal of the Santiago de Chile airport. Recently, FCC also completed the control tower of Bogotá airport in Colombia.

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