TPS To Build Landmark Tower

BRITISH CONSULTANT TPS has started work on a new development at Muscat International Airport, Sultanate of Oman, which will include a new air traffic control tower, an air transport management complex, a contingency and training centre, plus fire and sea rescue facilities.
The project was procured under a design and build contract and is part of a wider redevelopment scheduled for completion in 2014, which will allow the airport to handle 12 million passengers per year.
Standing at just less than 328ft (100m) in height, the new ATC tower will be the tallest occupied building in Oman’s capital, Muscat.  It will be located to the south of the new passenger terminal’s west pier and linked to the terminal building by a glazed bridge link.
The Air Transport Management Complex (ATM) is, in reality, three buildings linked by a central hub housing the three-storey entrance foyer with lifts and stairs to all three levels.  The main function of the ATM will be the Area Control Centre in the northernmost wing.  An obscured glazed gallery will provide visitors with the opportunity to observe operations without distracting the air traffic controllers.  The east and west wings will comprise offices, laboratories, classrooms, studios, workshops, and staff welfare facilities including pantries, gymnasia, dining area, and prayer rooms, plus a meteorological department with a studio from which national weather forecasts are intended to be broadcast.
The Contingency and Training Centre next to the ATM will accommodate the operational and technical training facilities comprising classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, simulators and a 100-person capacity auditorium.
The Crash Fire Rescue facility is located on the south side of the northern runway to facilitate the required rapid emergency incident response times.  The building design and fire fighting equipment will help to ensure that the current ICAO standards for fire safety are achieved and maintained.
The airport is being developed as part of Oman’s long-term strategy to move its economy away from oil and towards business and leisure tourism, as well as supporting its national airline Oman Air.  The project is due to be completed in October 2012.
“This is a high-profile project in Oman with considerable interest from local and national media,” said Hanif Macci, Regional Director of TPS.  “The facilities designed by TPS will be amongst the first to be completed and therefore provide a visual demonstration of progress for the new airport development to an external observer.”