September 14, 2022 Back to all news

Atkins – a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group – has been appointed by daa as its multidisciplinary design consultant for the delivery of civil and airfield engineering design services at Dublin and Cork airports.

Under the terms of the 5-year Civil Engineering Design Services Framework contract – extendable by 3 years - Atkins will integrate with daa’s in-house design team to upgrade landside and airside infrastructure including aprons, runways and taxiways, as part of a €2.9bn capital investment programme.

The appointment adds to Atkins’ role as multidisciplinary consultant supporting the upgrade of terminals and ancillary buildings at both airports.

Ultan McCloskey, Director of Infrastructure at daa, said: “daa continues to prioritise our investment in the enhancement of infrastructure at both Dublin and Cork airports. The appointment of Atkins as our civil and airfield engineering design services framework consultant will allow daa to continue our ongoing upgrade of campus infrastructure to meet future demand.

“We enjoy a long-standing relationship with Atkins and look forward to continuing our work with them in the coming five years. Their strong global aviation experience will complement daa’s existing technical capabilities, enabling us to meet the engineering challenges that lie ahead.” 

Henry Poh, Aviation Lead for Atkins Ireland, said: “This is another significant contract for Atkins as we continue to add to a growing portfolio of aviation projects in Ireland and across the world.

“We now look forward to utilising the very latest in data-driven, digital engineering to help daa maximise its investment as it looks to future proof two of Ireland’s most important airports.”

Services being provided by Atkins include: 

  • The rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, aprons, stands, roads, car parks, airport campus infrastructure and campus utilities external to the terminal buildings both airside and landside;
  • Civil engineering works associated with airport campus and airfields, landside surface access infrastructure, drainage, attenuation, earthworks, pavements, potable and foul water services and aerodrome geometry, and may include planning requirements;
  • General electrical (LV and MV) and IT systems, substations, MV networks, generators, UPS and power transfer systems;
  • Specialised Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) systems, AGL control and monitoring systems, airfield substations, road lighting, traffic control lighting systems, area lighting (including car park and apron stands), car park electrical systems (including but not limited to barriers and cameras), airbridges, and Fixed Electrical Ground Power (FEGP).

Atkins’ appointment builds on a relationship with daa spanning 15 years, during which it has successfully completed projects at both airport campuses, including Cork Airport’s main runway rehabilitation which was delivered on-time, and to budget in collaboration with daa and Colas.