UK-based construction consultancy Turner & Townsend has been contracted to deliver cost management services for the expansion of Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, UAE.

Operational since 2013, the existing passenger terminal at Al Maktoum Airport will be expanded as part of a $32bn airport development programme.

The project will include the construction of a large immigration hall with 55 control counters, an outbound luggage handling building, an expanded departure area with 91 check-in desks, and an additional 12 boarding gates and lounges, as well as new parking and approach roads.

"Our experience of delivering complex programmes in live airports will help us run the ongoing expansion while minimising the impact on day-to-day operations."

Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP), the engineering arm of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, has appointed Turner & Townsend to provide cost management services for the project.

Turner & Townsend Middle East managing director Mike Collings said: "We’re honoured to be working so closely with DAEP once again, and this commission further strengthens our aviation profile in the Middle East.

"Our experience of delivering complex programmes in live airports will help us run the ongoing expansion while minimising the impact on day-to-day operations, and allow DAEP to plan for future growth.

"We have built a strong reputation working on some of the world’s largest aviation projects, and I’m delighted that we are now building momentum in the rapid growth of Dubai as an international hub for air travel."

Turner & Townsend has worked on more than 140 airport projects across 19 countries.