Well known through out Europe, due to its impressive growth rate, Orio al Serio, (Bergamo) has become the third most active airport in Italy and a recognized low-cost gateway for Milan. In this fast-growing scenario, attentive management of the functional demand has identified the need for development, whilst preserving airport operations, through diversifying revenues and the introduction of commercial spaces. In a long-term scenario, an overall revision of the airport layout will solve capacity bottlenecks connected to the terminal, parking areas and airside activities.
One Works carried out planning and design activities along with the construction site supervision of the principal airport expansion projects in recent years, interpreting and accompanying airport growth and related needs. These core activities, over a ten-year period (2008-2018), follows an innovative modular concept allowing integration of the existing structure.
The first phase regarding the terminal enlargement was completed in 2010. One Works’ activities included design development from concept to tender management, and subsequent construction supervision. Design criteria combine functionality, integration, innovation and visibility, with constant attention to airport operational aspects and product deliverance responding to client’s needs.
The works interested much of the entire terminal building, with considerable impact on the existing functional areas. In addition, construction site management, within the environment requiring operational continuity, requires an accurate work phase study. Particular attention devoted in preserving integrity and access, exit and safety paths comfort, included both the arrival and departure of passengers as well as airside staff. Other aspects set as primary requirements at all times refer to the baggage flow continuity and the enjoyment of commercial/passenger support activities.
Tailored activities consider the seasonal fluctuation of traffic flows, considering the peculiar nature of the infrastructure involved. Construction phase planning and sub-phases, developed in accordance to the airport’s expected passenger demand, are according to the most recent traffic data. Finally, provisional works and structures, studied well in advance, help adjust to service discontinuities.
Subsequent phases of the terminal development (2010-2018) accompany airport growth until 63,500 sqm. Phase 2, concluded in 2015, provides a landside arrival hall and an airside baggage reclaim. Dedicated areas for groups and general aviation with associated business facilities including offices and business center see completion in phase three, relocation and enlargement of curb area and new covered bus station during phase four, and additional airside departure-waiting areas in the final phase.
Alongside with airport terminal expansion One Works is committed in the harmonic development of surface accessibility, entrusted with a three-year EU-funded feasibility study for airport inter-modality (Trans European Network). Objective of the study was the introduction of a dedicated railway link for the airport, thus increasing its catchment area and relieving access road congestion.
One Works together with partners Steam (MEP) and Valentini (Health and Safety) has been awarded the detailed design for the next phase of the terminal extension and refurbishment (Lotto 2 + 4B) to improve the overall experience of the airport whilst meeting growing demand.
As the third busiest international airport in Italy (also known as Orio al Serio International Airport) welcoming over 13 million passengers a year, the airport management firm, SACBO, was required to rethink the efficiency of the existing infrastructure with a refurbishment of some facilities (7,000 sqm) and a further extension of the existing terminal building (15,000 sqm).
Extending towards the east side of the current terminal building, the project includes: a new security area to manage the future pax demand; an expansion of the check-in facilities; a new Duty-Free walk-through area; and an expansion of the non-Schengen boarding area, including a new pier, an extension of the BHS facilities, immigration area and technical/support spaces, and refurbishment of the existing commercial areas. Improvements on the airside will also include reconfiguration and enlargement of the curbside and apron areas.