UK-based TPS has begun construction on 11 new buildings at Muscat International Airport in Oman as part of its design and build contract for the redevelopment of the airport.
Funded by the Ministry of Transport and Communication, the airport development is part of a long-term strategy to boost Oman’s economy away from oil and turning it towards business and leisure tourism.
The development includes a 100m-high tower, which will be the tallest occupied building in Muscat when it opens early next year.
The remaining ten buildings will house an air transport management complex, a contingency and training centre, and fire and sea rescue buildings.
TPS will carry out the architectural design of the project and has appointed Mott Macdonald for the ATC.
The air transportation management complex consists of three buildings linked to a central hub housing the area control centre.
The east and west wings of the complex accommodate a variety of supporting facilities including offices, laboratories, classrooms, studios, workshops and staff welfare facilities.
The contingency and training centre will house operational and technical training facilities including a 100-person-capacity auditorium and simulators.
Piling and earthworks for the project started in April 2011 and the scheme is scheduled to be complete by the end of October 2012.