Atkins, a member of the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, has won a number of contracts at Birmingham Airport to manage the upgrade and extension of the airport’s terminals.
Project manager and lead designer Atkins will oversee the airfield reconfiguration as part of the airport’s Master Plan.
The company will also extend support to Birmingham Airport in changing and modernising its current assets, as well as supervise the first phase of the terminal expansion, over the next five years.
Birmingham Airport CEO Nick Barton said: “Our Master Plan looks ahead to the year 2033 and outlines how the airport will develop the site to handle the 40% expected growth in passengers.
“A significant element of the £500m ($660m) investment over the next 14 years is the terminal transformation project, to deliver a world-class terminal facility for our customer that can cater for the growth in demand.”
Last year, Atkins used virtual reality technology and created a fully coordinated 3D digital model of the airport.
The model will enable the team to test and develop plans in a safe environment, with reduced impact on airport operations.
Atkins is also leveraging its Human Centred Design approach as part of the airport redesign. Under this approach, data collected through web-based surveys are used to ensure that passenger health, safety, and wellbeing play a central role in the terminal’s new design.
SNC-Lavalin Atkins business infrastructure managing director Mike McNicholas said: “The transformation of Birmingham Airport will bring improved connectivity and economic prosperity to the region.
“We look forward to working closely with Birmingham Airport and their stakeholders on this project, applying the latest technology and our HCD approach in new and exciting ways to inform the airport’s transformation at this early stage.”
The airport’s Master Plan is expected to increase future economic prosperity of Midlands and the UK by 42%, totalling £2.1bn per annum by 2033.