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UK team to plan Rome Fiumicino international terminal expansion

Rome Fiumicino airport authority Aeroporti di Roma (AdR) has selected an all-UK band of agencies to plan the expansion of international terminal C. Airport commercial and retail design company The Design Solution, Pragma Consulting and project management firm Arup will all be involved in the project, which will cater for up to 10m international passengers when it opens in 2011 or 2012.

The Design Solution, Pragma and Arup were selected from a shortlist comprising companies from around the world. The project aims to create a “vibrant commercial space”, building on the work of AdR commercial director Andrea Belardini and his team in improving the retail offer throughout the airport.

The Design Solution director Robbie Gill said: “This is a fantastic airport and a fantastic opportunity to develop what is great into a world-beating airport commercial offer. The new pier and bussing gates will completely change the dynamics of the terminal and offer a tremendous chance to match a fantastic passenger mix with new space to make the most of the opportunity. The new extension will be special.”

The expansion of terminal C will take part in two phases. First the existing terminal will be expanded by over 22,000sq m (236,720sq ft), then a new pier will be added with 16 air-bridge boarding gates and eight remote boarding gates. According to AdR, 4,400sq m (47,345sq ft) has been set aside for the retail and catering offer, with a further 4,190sq m (45,085sq ft) for passenger services including VIP lounges and meeting rooms.

The extension is intended to serve intra-EU passengers initially but will later also serve non-Schengen passengers.