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Terminal 2 Project – Cape Town International Airport


More than 30 members and guests attend a recent technical meeting held by the Western Cape Branch of the Concrete Society.

Held at the University of Cape Town, the talk for the evening covered the Terminal 2 Project at Cape Town International Airport and was presented by representatives from AECOM consulting engineers. The airport has embarked on a major upgrade project totaling R7 billion over the next five years. Initially the project involves demolition of the old international building and a new build, effectively extending the Central Terminal Building.

The project includes:
  • The refurbishment of the domestic arrivals terminal which is expected to be completed in two to three years
  • The expansion of the international terminal, which will be done in different phases and finalised in about four to five years
  • A new realigned runway costing R3.93 billion, which will in the future allow for the expansion of the terminals and the airport to increase its per hour landing and departures from 30 to 45 aircraft movements

The various upgrades will also allow the airport to handle the new generation large aircraft such as the Boeing 747-800 or the A380 aircrafts. Tourism is one of the economic engine rooms of the province and it is responsible for the creation of thousands of jobs both in the city and in the province’s rural areas. The new airport development project will contribute towards growing this important sector through increased connectivity and tourist numbers.”

CTIA recently won the Best Airport in Africa Award at the 2019 Skytrax World Airports Awards.

Attendees learn about the Terminal 2 project at CTIA
Attendees learn about the Terminal 2 project at CTIA


The presentation was done in two parts. The first part was carried out by architect Derek Thomas, who has 40 years of experience in architecture and is a consultant for AECOM. He was a site architect on the King Shaka Airport in Durban; designed Kasane Airport in Botswana and is now involved with Cape Town International Airport. Derek gave a holistic description of what the project entails.

The second part of the presentation was done by Karel Biesot, who is a highly experienced Structural Engineer and graduated at the University of Cape Town in 1991. Karel discussed an engineering approach to the construction of the T2 basement – an extensive 6-metre deep basement, well into the water table.

The Western Cape Branch would like to thank PPC for sponsoring the refreshments at this event.

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