The Irish Aviation Authority has officially announced the construction of the new 86.9 metre-high air traffic control (ATC) tower at Dublin Airport, which is required to facilitate parallel runway operations by 2021.
The new facility will be ready for single runway operation during the first half of 2020 and will be ready to oversee parallel runway operations by 2021 when the new North Runway becomes operational.
Construction work, which is ongoing, is expected to be completed by 2019. The project will then be handed over to IAA Technology and Operations for the installation, commissioning and testing of associated air traffic management equipment and systems.
IAA Chief Executive Designate Peter Kearney said: “The IAA continues to invest in its state-of-the-art air traffic management system and in the development of our staff, to deliver a world class service to the highest safety standards. I am proud of the team effort to bring the new tower to this stage of development and I’m looking forward to its operational usage in 2020.”
The new facility, designed by the Scott Tallon Walker Design Team including Arup and Linesight, in association with IAA experts, will incorporate the following:
- An 86.9 metre-high Tower to ensure appropriate visibility of runways, thresholds, manoeuvring areas and stands.
- A Control Cab to facilitate up to 12 positions.
- A base building which will accommodate staff facilities, electronic systems and mechanical plant space to provide technical support and control of the equipment and systems and the building environment.
The current Dublin ATC tower will remain operational for contingency purposes when the new Dublin ATC tower is fully operational.
David Cahill, Architect at Scott Tallon Walker said the height of the new Air Traffic Control Tower will ensure that it becomes a significant feature on the Dublin skyline. However on completion it will still be “a slim, purposeful and elegant structure.”
25th March 2018