The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: JKIA Terminal Design Almost Ready - KAA

The final design of the proposed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport's Greenfield Terminal will be selected soon. Lead consultants Pascall and Watson Architects have been holding meetings with interested groups to finetune the proposed designs for the terminal.

The consultants contract obligates them to consider suggestions submitted to them before deciding on the project final design. Kenya Airport Authority has already organised a series of meetings with concerned entities to engage the project's architects in order to have their in-puts and requirements accommodated in the final detailed designs.

Pascall and Watson Architects have worked on similar projects including the Heathrow Terminal 5 and Dublin Terminal 2. Louis Berger Group, the KAA project supervising consultant from Washington DC, have made presentations on options considered in the master plan for the terminal and its suitability of hub operations.

"The groundwork has been done, let us work to make this dream become a reality," said Stephen Gichuki, the managing of KAA while closing one of the consultative sessions Thursday last week.

"JKIA Greenfield Terminal final designs have not been done and once finalised, they shall be implemented and delivered in accordance with input from all the stakeholders," Gichuki said.

The existing terminal at the airport was originally designed for an annual capacity of 2.5 million passengers but handles triple that volume, resulting to failure to meet international customer service standards.

The proposed project will increase design capacity and at the same time provide improved security that comply with International Civil Aviation Authority standards.

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