Major Development Plan at Keflavik International Airport, Iceland

Keflavik International Airport is the largest airport in Iceland and was built by the US military and opened in 1943. The international terminal was opened in 1987 and despite several extensions, the passenger numbers have increased significantly with flights to 75 destinations. The Major Development Plan (MDP) is sets out the airport’s assessed development needs based on its 25-year masterplan and the latest passenger and aircraft movement assumptions.

The MDP includes a new facility between the north and south terminals which will include border control, baggage handling increased walkways. In addition, the final part of the MDP is the new east pier and a new north building.

ACQ Consulting supported Isavia in the development of the strategy to procure a supply chain, undertook extensive market engagement both in Iceland and overseas under long terms frameworks which will support the Icelandic local economy through skills development, opportunities and delivering on sustainability targets. The construction costs are estimated at €1bn.

The delivery partners will work as part of an integrated team, on long term framework contracts where key people, collaborative working, solution focused are fundamental to delivering the MDP for Isavia.

Contracts will be incentivised to encourage innovation, smart solutions which reduce costs, improve buildability and schedule certainty, whilst optimising the design through input from the supply chain delivery partners from the outset to engender ‘right first time’ principles bringing the earliest cost and schedule certainty to the programme.

Behavioural assessment is an important part of the tender process and ongoing management of the framework.

The procurement strategy is awaiting approval by the Isavia Board.