Budapest, 7 May 2007 – The reconstruction of Terminal 1 at Ferihegy Airport has been given the construction industry award for excellence. The plaque commemorating the Hungarian construction industry’s most prestigious award was unveiled at a ceremony this afternoon, on the terminal’s 57th birthday, near the main entrance.
The renovation project’s investor, prime building contractor and planners received the accolade jointly.
“The building merited the award on account of the high standard of work during the organisation, management and implementation of the reconstruction,” said László Somogyi, the chairman of the construction industry award for excellence judging panel. “The terminal’s interior and facades were renovated in full compliance with the requirements of the monuments authority. The wooden ceiling and wall coverings installed resemble the original materials used and the old metal fittings were also renovated.”
“The result of the renovation and reconstruction is a terminal that is modern, beautiful and on a human scale. Not only the Hungarian construction industry, but the entire country can be proud of it.”
“The project is a good example of cooperation between the Hungarian construction industry and architecture, said Tibor Tolnay, the CEO of Magyar Építő Rt. (Hungarian Building Corp). “What contributed to the success of the project was that we managed to assemble an exceptional, creative and high-performing community of project staff, planners and builders. The project is proof that there is great potential in the Hungarian construction industry.”
“We are very proud that the renovation of Terminal 1 has received the most prestigious Hungarian construction industry award,” said Antal Németh, Budapest Airport’s construction director. “The project was warranted by the appearance of low-cost airlines and the dynamic growth in their traffic. It was not without its risks, since we had to install an airport that meets 21st century technical and security requirements in a protected monument building. We are proud of this terminal, which is almost unique in Europe and we hope that our passengers are happy to use it as well.”
The nearly 22 000 square metre terminal was renovated by almost 3000 people in the space of just 270 days. It has been used by about 4 million passengers since it reopened.
In addition to the Hungarian construction industry’s award for excellence, the project has also been bestowed with the Europa Nostra award, Europe’s most prestigious accolade for the preservation of architectural heritage, in 2006.
The terminal building was opened to passengers 57 years ago to the day on 7 May 1950.
Budapest Airport made the decision to refurbish the terminal in 2004. The full reconstruction and the re-opening of the terminal was warranted by the growth in the airport’s passenger traffic, strict security requirements and EU accession. The building’s mechanical and electrical systems and public utility networks were completely renovated as part of the project.
The project was carried out in full compliance with the requirements of monument protection, since, together with the Ferenc Puskás Stadium and the Erzsébet square coach terminal, the building is one of the finest examples of architectural modernism in Hungary as well as in Europe.
The renovation started in the autumn of 2004 and T1 was reopened after about 8 months of work on 1 September 2005. It is currently home to five low-cost airlines and about a third of Ferihegy’s traffic.
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The construction industry award for excellence
The construction industry award for excellence, like the Academy Awards in the United States, is a professional accolade awarded to the year’s best works by the industry itself. The award is bestowed by the Construction Industry Master’s Award Foundation in six categories each year. The renovation of Terminal 1 won in the category of industry and commerce.
The Construction Industry Master’s Award Foundation was established by the Construction Sciences Association and the National Federation of Hungarian Building Contractors.
Terminal 1 project:
Prime building contractor: Magyar Építő Zrt.
Project sponsor: BUDAPEST AIRPORT
Planners: Kipszer Tervező és Fővállalkozó Zrt. (Kipszer Planning and Main Contractor Corp.), Állami Műemlék-helyreállítási és Restaurálási Központ (State Monument Renovation and Restoration Centre), Lakóterv Kft., UVATERV Rt.
Contractors: HÉROSZ Építőipari Zrt. (HÉROSZ Building Corp.), Resonator Vállalkozási és Kereskedelmi Kft. (Resonator Enterprise and Commerce Ltd.), VIV Zrt.