Design practice Scott Brownrigg, which is exhibiting at Passenger Terminal EXPO 2018, has been chosen to design not just one but four new airport terminals in Saudi Arabia, including the New Taif airport, a greenfield development.
The Atiaf consortium, comprising the Asyad Group, CCC and Munich Airport, was awarded the concession to build, transfer and operate the new airport and commissioned Scott Brownrigg to prepare a masterplan and designs for the new terminal and ancillary buildings.
The terminal will have an initial capacity of 4.24 million passengers per year, but future phases will expand the terminal to 780,000ft² (72,800m²) so that it can serve 8.7 million passengers per year.
Thanks to the modular design of the terminal and pier, it will be possible to complete this future expansion without any disruption to operations. Correspondingly, this flexibility means that processing facilities and pier on both sides can also be upgraded relatively easily in the future.
To ensure the optimum passenger experience, passenger processing facilities are laid out for a high design peak, while the whole facility is prepared for complex movements, easy wayfinding and enjoyable, distinct spaces.
In addition to the New Taif Airport, Scott Brownrigg is responsible for the design of three other new terminals in Saudi Arabia: Al-Qassim Airport, Yanbu Airport and Hail International Airport.
The Al-Qassim new passenger terminal building will be 275,000ft² (25,500m²) in size and good for 4.5 million passengers per year when the second phase of its development is completed. It will have stand-out design features such as a roof that rises in the middle to mimic the air rushing over an airplane wing, and a screen-printed Islamic pattern which will regulate the light and heat coming into the terminal while casting a rich pattern on the floor and objects inside.
The new 300,000ft² (28,000m²) terminal at Yanbu Airport addresses the significant increase in international flights into the airport. The design reflects the city’s heritage as a port town with themes of water all through the facility.
Finally, the 160,000ft² (15,000m²) new terminal at Hail International Airport has been designed to accommodate two million passengers per year, as well as allow for future expansion to both sides of the terminal with associated facilities.
Geometrical Islamic patterns from traditional architecture are used throughout to make the building visually appealing.
Scott Brownrigg will be at stand 130 at Passenger Terminal EXPO 2018, which runs from March 20-22 in Stockholm, Sweden.