Mumbai’s new airport terminal has the X-Factor

When the new terminal at Mumbai’s international airport opened to passengers in January 2014, it saw the successful completion of what has been described as “the most difficult airport programme in the world”.

The modernisation and redevelopment of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport took seven years, incorporating over 100 individual sub-projects, including the renovation of existing areas and the addition of an entirely new terminal.

The airport also had to continue operations while work carried on around it, with disruption kept to a minimum.

The most significant challenge was to upgrade the airport’s capacity to accommodate up to 40 million passengers and one million tons of cargo annually, without the luxury of being able to expand its footprint in Mumbai’s crowded city environment.

The answer was to construct a new terminal, T2, which is X-shaped and rises vertically to encompass 4.4 million square feet – more than Heathrow’s Terminal 5, but on a much smaller site.

T2 doubles the number of aircraft parking stands and increases the number of boarding gates. The terminal even has an art wall extending for almost two miles, featuring around 7,000 works of art collected from around India.

Currie & Brown (India), a world-leading asset management and construction consultancy, played a key role in the success of the airport’s modernisation, providing quantity surveying services for the project.

Currie & Brown’s expertise and experience has been of great assistance for an undertaking of this scale and complexity, which was appreciated by the client, GVK/MIAL.

This is an airport that takes its place among the world’s best and heralds a new era for the city of Mumbai and for India.

Mr. Satyakumar Shetty, chief operating officer, stated that Currie & Brown India was very proud to be associated with such a prestigious project and it was a pleasure to work with such a professional and results-oriented team as GVK/MIAL.

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