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The building comprises a rein-

forced concrete podium and mul-

ti-level basement with 69,000

tonnes of superstructure steel-

work forming the large span roof

structure over the central space

and piers.

The project is currently in construction with more

than 18,000 workers, 42 tower cranes and 35 mobile

cranes on site, working to meet the opening date in

July 2017.

Since the first buttress was put into place in October

2013, the erection of the main roof arches has followed,

with the largest some 50 m tall.

Now out of the ground, the project is becoming a

new landmark, clearly visible from the main Abu Dhabi

to Dubai motorway. Installation of the mechanical, elec-

trical and plumbing services has now started. Arup is

currently providing construction advice services together

with a team on site.

The Midfield Terminal Complex is designed to achieve

a minimum Two Pearl Rating, following the Urban

Planning Council’s Estidama approach towards sustain-

able design. The project will minimize its impact on the

environment, making use of innovative and cutting edge

design elements, such as high performance angled glass

to reduce heat and increase air-conditioning


In the 700,000 m² terminal building passenger facil-

ities and duty-free retail will include high-end commercial

offerings across more than 18,000 m², including inter-

nationally renowned luxury goods and designer outlets,

and almost 10,000 m² of international restaurants and

cafes, offering a wide range of styles and cuisines.

Passenger facilities will also include over 27,500 m² of

airline hospitality lounges, a transit hotel and a heritage

and culture museum.

Total terminal building area is 702,000 m² comprising

84,000 tons structural steel works. Roof cladding ex-

ceeds 225,000 m² and 200,000 m² of facade cladding

and 300,000 m² of suspended ceiling.

The main contractor is Tav Construction together

with China Consolidated Contractors International

Co.  CCC).

Concrete Works Using Latest

Formwork Solutions

Two world-leading formwork companies are involved in

various key aspects of the project - Peri Hong Kong and

RMD Kwikform.

Engineers from RMD Kwikform used specialist 3D

modelling techniques to design complex formwork and

shoring solutions to support the delivery of the new Abu

Dhabi International Midfield Airport terminal.

Commissioned by the Abu Dhabi government, the

new $2.94bn terminal, the TAV, CCC and Arabtec joint

venture (TCAJV), is bringing the iconic architectural vision

to life. This required numerous shoring, propping and

formwork solutions to accommodate the complex design

and geometry of key parts of the structure.

One of the most difficult

design challenges was the for-

mation of the main terminal

building with its huge curved

roof structure. This required

the careful installation of some

of the world’s largest steel

archways and girders, to create

the impressive visual impact of

this important part of the


Curving in both the

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Tower cranes and telescopic

access platforms are used to

handle formwork, steel and

glazing panels on the Abu Dhabi

Midfield Terminal

Contractors World International