The scope of this brief was to produce a design for a new International Pier providing 6 new contact stands and reconfigure 3 existing ones to increase the capacity of the international terminal at OR Tambo International Airport to accommodate the growing South African tourism industry.

The new facilities needed to be able to host larger aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and to improve the service level to the increased number of passengers including layover facilities such as customer lounges and high-end Duty-Free retail.

The structure called ‘The Pier ‘consists of two main operational levels and links to previously existing Arrivals and Departures concourses. A new Bussing Station at the end of the Pier provides for 16 Remote Stand Departure Gates. Vertical connection for passengers between the new and old facilities is provided by lifts and includes facilities for Passengers with Reduced Mobility.

The terminal accommodates 350 seats for departing and boarding passengers calculated on the number of passengers transiting at any one time in the newer larger aircraft that The Pier is designed to accommodate.

The extended Duty-Free retail offering connects seamlessly with the existing facilities and extends the available retail space by 4500sqm. Further space was provided for branded Customer Lounges and Commercial Office space was included in the extended retail mall at the lower roof office level.

Client ACSA (Airport Company South Africa)
Completed 2007
Project Managers SIP-SeCO
Quantity Surveyors Davis Langdon, Abakali
Structural & Civil Engineers iNtatakuza, Bigen Africa
Electrical Engineers CA du Toit
Mechanical Engineers WSP Ubunye