In the first phase of work, 76,000 m2 of apron area will be built at Ferihegy, which will provide stands for aircraft and increase the capacity of the airport. BA plans to construct a total of 170,000 m2 of apron by 2011.
On 7 November last year, BA published an open international public procurement tender in accordance with EU requirements for the first phase of the apron expansion. Three of the five applicants qualified for the second round. Then on 6 May it was announced that the job would be awarded to the VHS Apron (VHS) consortium consisting of Vegyépszer Zrt., Hochtief Construction Magyarország Kft. and Swietelsky Kft. The total value of the tender is 16.8 million Euros, or 4.2 billion HUF. Pursuant to the contract, the VHS consortium will complete the work within 275 days from the handover of the work site.
Budapest Airport CEO Jost Lammers said: “The tender was successful. The VHS consortium submitted the best bid in a strong international competition, since they undertook to perform the work with the best price, the shortest deadline and the highest quality of construction technology.
“When we assumed the management and development of the airport for seventy-five years, we defined our mission to make Budapest Airport the most successful airport in Central Europe. With the apron expansion project it becomes now very visible to everybody that we are intensively working on this.”
Budapest Airport plans to spend 65 billion HUF on developing the infrastructure of Ferihegy Airport within the next few years. To this end, the company has launched the BUD Future modernization program, as part of which it will significantly expand Terminal 2, establish a new cargo city, construct an Airport City including, amongst other facilities, a four-star hotel with 250 rooms, and increase the airport’s airside capacity. The expansion of the apron in front of Terminal 2 serves this latter purpose.
Aprons are built using special technology, since they have to bear huge loads. Underneath the 40 cm thick basalt concrete layer, a 70 cm thick gravel bedding ensures that even the heaviest existing aircraft are able to use the area. The contractor will demolish 18,000 m2 of asphalt and 3,100 m2 of concrete and move more than 100,000 m3 of earth to build the 76,000 m2 apron area, which is about the size of 10 football pitches. Hundreds of trucks will have to work around the clock to complete the demolition and construction works. A transformer station will also be built next to the apron to provide electricity for the special airport floodlights.
The works will not impact traffic at Ferihegy. Budapest Airport will operate seamlessly during the construction.
Head of Communications
Budapest Airport Zrt.
Notes to editors:
The BBP Airport consortium consisting of construction companies Bilfinger, Berger Hungária Kft. and Porr Építési Kft., and Magyar Aszfalt Kft. qualified for the second round of the international tender.