Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has held a groundbreaking ceremony for the city international airport’s Midfield development.
The Midfield area is the last piece of airside land for large-scale development. Lying between the airport’s two runways on the west side of Terminal 1, the development project was unveiled earlier this year with the first phase scheduled for completion in 2015. Plans include expanding the Midfield Concourse and its apron area and incorporating a wide range of green initiatives, such as installing one of the largest collections of rooftop solar panels in the region.
Phase 1 involves constructing a five-level Concourse with a floor area of 839,600sq ft (78,000m2) and over 35 green features, 20 aircraft parking stands, an automated people mover (APM) from Terminal 1, a cross-field taxiway and other facilities.
The project is expected to create 2,000 jobs during construction and cost HK$9 billion (US$1.2bn). When completed, Hong Kong International Airport is expected to have an additional capacity of 10 million passengers per annum.
Secretary for Transport and Housing, Eva Cheng, commented: “This is an important addition to the infrastructure inventory of the [airport]. Having regard to the increase in the air traffic demand, the midfield expansion project will be developed in phases to increase the airport’s handling capacity to about 70 million passengers and six million tonnes of cargo.”
Chief Executive Officer of AAHK, Stanley Hui Hon-chung, added: “The Midfield Concourse is designed to be highly environmentally friendly and aspires to be one of the first Building BEAM Plus Gold Standard Certified Buildings in Hong Kong.”
The Building Environment Assessment Method BEAM Plus is a comprehensive assessment scheme to certify the environmental performance of buildings.
More than 12,917sq ft (1,200m2) of rooftop solar panels will be installed and 80%-plus of lighting will be LEDs within the development. High-performance glazing panels, solar shading and north-facing skylights will maximise natural light and reduce solar heat gain.
It is hoped to recycle 60% of waste during construction and when in operation, the Concourse will use recycled grey water, condensate water, and rain water for the water-cooled chillers used in the air conditioning system. The APM will also use energy generated from braking to support its operation. The initiatives are expected to achieve an overall energy saving of more than 20%.