Designing the fourth largest airport in the world

Noida groundbreaking ceremony

(Above) The ground-breaking ceremony for the Noida International Airport located near New Delhi, set to be the fourth largest in the world. (Below) A model of NIA.

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Surbana Jurong’s SJ Aviation team, along with SMEC and Robert Bird Group (RBG) – both members of the Surbana Jurong Group – are partnering with Tata Projects Ltd to deliver Detailed Design Consultancy Services for Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) for Noida International Airport (NIA), located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Located in Jewar, approximately over 72km from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, the NIA project presents a rare opportunity for the SJ family of brands to collaborate on a major aviation project, as the team looks forward to working together to help Tata Projects realise their design ambitions and delivery targets. 

Scaling up airport capacity
NIA is a greenfield airport proposed as a second international airport for the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) and is expected to operate alongside Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), which is reaching its peak capacity. NIA will operate as a fully digital airport, providing a safe and contactless travel experience and customised commercial offerings for passengers. The airport perimeter covers 1,334 hectares. When complete, the new airport is expected to be the largest in India and the fourth largest in the world. 

Procurement for the EPC Contract began in late 2021, with SMEC, Surbana Jurong, and RBG all contributing towards the development of design solutions, construction methodologies, and associated bills of quantities.

The EPC contract has closed now and the first phase of the airport is on track to be delivered within 906 days. At the end of Phase One, NIA will accommodate approximately 12 million passengers annually, eventually increasing to 70 million over four phases of development. Phase One is expected to be functional by 2024.

Scope of works of SJ Group
Under Phase One, key airport development works are divided into two packages. Package 1 includes Terminal and Associated works; while Package 2 includes Site Development in the entire Airport site, Terminal Works, Airfield Development Works, Landside Facilities, Utilities, and Ancillary Buildings.

SMEC, SJ Aviation, and RBG will also undertake design validation, detailed design, and the production of construction drawings for civil infrastructure, architecture, structural engineering, interiors, landscape, sustainability for the terminal building, and landside works. 

Public-private partnership project
The Government of Uttar Pradesh signed the concession agreement with Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL) on 7 October 2020 to commence the development of the NIA. YIAPL, a 100 percent subsidiary of Zurich Airport International AG, was incorporated as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to develop the greenfield project. 

YIAPL will be responsible for implementing the Public-Private Partnership project together with the Government of Uttar Pradesh, New Okhla Industrial Development Authority, and Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority. Read more on NIA’s Facebook

Project Contacts:
Arun Balachandran | Principal Architectural Associate (Aviation)
SJ Aviation
E: [email protected]

Andrew McKune | Executive Director India, Nepal & Bhutan
E: [email protected]

Sharad Bhushan | Director Growth & Strategy
SMEC India
E: [email protected]

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