Second terminal for Dublin Airport completed despite countrywide economic crisis
Dublin Airport’s new second terminal is now up and running, courtesy of architecture practice Pascall+Watson, prime consultant Arup and design engineers Mace. It may be early days for the sleek new building, but it has already scooped a Structural Steel Design Award earlier this year.
Spread over 75,000 sq m, the sprawling terminal building uses around two thirds less energy than other terminals of equal size and demand, and is capable of handling 15million passengers each year. Ireland has hit the headlines recently with crippling monetary issues and attempts to secure a £72bn international bailout. Referred to as ‘the worst crisis in our history’ by Irish finance minister Brian Lenihan, the doom and gloom cast a shadow over the opening ceremony of Dublin’s T2 in late November.
Whilst the official cost of the project has been released as €395m, media reports range as high as €600m, with the Financial Times reporting that ‘The Dublin Airport Authority, the state body that owns the facility, has been saddled with huge debts to finance the project and is facing claims by unpaid subcontractors’.
Alan Lamond, International Aviation Director for Pascall+Watson, did not dwell on the grave situation however, commenting: “When we received our commission for the masterplan of Dublin Airport and then the terminal we knew this development was one of national importance. Our solution was going to have to capture the aspirations and spirit of the country as well as celebrate the synergy between form and function, and deliver a world-class passenger experience.”