French firm Groupe ADP strikes deal to design new JKIA terminal

JKIA in Nairobi
A Kenya Airways plane at the JKIA in Nairobi.
Paris-based international airports operator Groupe ADP has won a contract to design a new passenger terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, marking the start of a project aimed at increasing capacity at East Africa’s busiest airport by slightly more than 70 per cent.

The company, which operates 34 international airports worldwide, beat intense competition with several multinationals to win the deal.

According to Gratien Maire, chief executive of ADP Ingénierie, a subsidiary of Groupe ADP, the contract involves preliminary architectural design work of the new passenger terminal as well as baggage sorting systems and air bridges.

“This project involves a 115,000 square metre expansion, including the merging of three boarding satellite buildings,” ADP Ingénierie said in a statement.

“ADP Ingénierie will be in charge of the preliminary architectural design of the building, its interior architecture style and the design of baggage sorting systems and air bridges”.

The new passenger terminal will increase JKIA’s capacity from the existing six million to 10.3 million passengers per annum.

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Groupe ADP, which was founded in 1945, has recently won four other contracts with top airports in Africa for design, study, or technical assistance projects.

In Mozambique, Groupe ADP will create blueprints for the country’s five busiest airports, including the one in the capital city of Maputo. The company will also create a blueprint for the international airport in Francistown, the second largest city in Botswana.

In Benin, Groupe ADP has won a 38-month contract for a delegated project management involving the construction of a terminal at the new Cotonou airport at Glo Djigbe.

The company has also been contracted to carry out technical studies for a maintenance centre and the preparation of a tender documents phase for its construction on the Blaise Diagne International Airport in Dakar, Senegal.

Groupe ADP has also won a series of airport projects in Europe and Asia.