Project contractor JM Entreprenad Construction work has begun construction on a new maintenance area at Sweden’s Stockholm Arlanda Airport, with a total investment of around SEK1.1bn ($122m).
The 125,000m², environmentally friendly maintenance space will house the airport’s vehicles, such as buses, ground handling vehicles, and sweep and blow machines.
Comprising around 15 new buildings, the maintenance area will also include a garage, cleaning facilities, workshops, offices and overnight accommodation for operational staff on duty.
An existing building will be upgraded to provide more space for the construction of the airport’s new pier in Terminal 5.
Once completed, the new pier will be able to handle larger aircraft for long-haul routes.
Construction of the new maintenance area is expected to be finished by 2018.
Stockholm Arlanda Airport director Kjell-Åke Westin said: “It is really exciting to begin work on the new maintenance area since this is an important part of Stockholm Arlanda’s development.
“As a result of our expansion and rebuilding, we can enhance access and meet the capacity challenges ahead. We look forward to our collaboration with JM Entreprenad.”
A new utilities building is also being built in the maintenance area to provide district heating, cooling and electricity.
Stockholm Arlanda’s development plans include an expanded security checkpoint and commercial space, as well as terminal and new parking facilities.