Leighton in $A2B Dubai airport JV

The contractor’s United Arab Emirates business, Al Habtoor Leighton, said today a joint venture it is involved in has been awarded a contract worth 4.9 billion dirham ($A2 billion) for the construction of Dubai Airport’s new Concourse 3.The joint venture consists of Al Habtoor Leighton (40%), South African construction group Murray & Roberts (40%) and Japanese architecture firm Takenaka (20%) – collectively known as HMRT – for Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).The project is worth 2 billion dirham ($A800 million) to the Al Habtoor Leighton Group.Leighton said Concourse 3 would be connected to the two major public levels of Terminal 3 via an automated people mover (APM) in addition to the vehicular and baggage handling system utility tunnels.The company said the new building, which follows the characteristic shape of Concourse 2, will be 645m long, 90m wide and 42m high in the centre from the apron level, and will accommodate 20 aircraft stands, 18 of which will accommodate the new Airbus A380.Plans for the concourse also include one four-star and one five-star hotel, first class and business class lounges and duty-free areas. The total built-up area will be 528,000 square metres.Leighton said work was set to commence immediately, with completion scheduled for the end of April 2011.It said the delivery of the recently opened Terminal 3 and adjoining Concourse 2 by the HMRT Joint Venture at the same airport was instrumental in HMRT securing the new project.

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