Hamad International Airport Expansion – Doha, Qatar

  • Hamad International Airport (HIA)
Project Value

$10 Billion




Engineering, Program/Construction Management (PM/CM)

Built to keep pace with growing traveler numbers to Qatar, the Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha spans over 22km2, and has 600,000m2 of terminal space, 41 boarding gates, and 22 remote stands. It serves over 360,000 flights and 30 million passengers annually, accommodates 50 commercial airlines, and operates two parallel runways. Recognized as the ‘World’s Best Airport’ in 2021, this success is due to its management, staff, and efficient operations. Contributing factors include the world-class terminal design, the quality of the internal environment, and the effectiveness of its transportation infrastructure (which together facilitate quick, easy, and stress-free passenger movements).

Minimizing Disruption And Maximizing The Customer Experience

The client not only wanted to expand its facilities to meet demand; it also had the goal of creating one of the best airports in the world. Therefore, every aspect of the job required a focus on the end customer – from the initial design through to the build process and beyond.

Being a ‘live’ airport, a key objective was to mitigate disruption to all airport activities. This required the careful planning and coordination of all works undertaken at both airside and landside. The same approach was required to install the communications services. To ensure all communication networks were fully functional by the opening date, we carried out detailed stakeholder engagement.

Following the expansion, the client now has a world-class airport that can accommodate up to 53 million passengers annually. This has been a team effort, with all parties working in a highly collaborative manner to achieve the client’s overall objectives.

Our Commitment To Excellence

Two of our six core values are safety and quality. On this project we worked collaboratively with the client, contractors and other stakeholders to ensure that all works were carried out safely and to an excellent quality standard. This commitment to excellence has helped the airport realize high levels of customer satisfaction, as evidenced by the number of awards received. In 2021 alone the airport won five prestigious Skytrax awards:

  • World’s Best Airport
  • Best Airport: 25-35 million passengers
  • Best Regional Airport in the Middle East
  • Best Airport Staff in the Middle East
  • COVID-19 Airport Excellence

Project Scope And Services Provided

Services provided include:

  • Program Management/Construction Management (PM/CM)
  • Independent Design Review
  • Design consultancy (civil/infrastructure).

Our scope covers all architectural, civil and structural, and Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) aspects, including:

  • Civil and structural: Foundation, superstructure, steel elements and curtain wall façade.
  • M&E: Fire protection, HVAC, escalators, lifts, Building Management Systems (BMS) and lighting.

Our services extend to:

  • Design management in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards.
  • Preparation of tender documents, procurement of contractors, inspection, testing and commissioning, and handover.

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Success on this project has come from our ability to draw on an extensive pool of aviation experts who have worked on airport projects worldwide. In the Gulf region, this includes undertaking expansion projects at Abu Dhabi International Airport and Sharjah International Airport (SIA).

With a global team of 375+ aviation experts, we are committed to collaborating with clients to develop solutions to even the toughest challenges. We have worked on over 450 airport projects in 40 countries helping our clients design, construct, manage, enhance and sustain world-class facilities. Click here to learn more about our aviation expertise.

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