Nordic and COWI team wins contract to expand Iceland’s Keflavik Airport


Nordic – Office of Architecture and Danish consulting group COWI, along with local partners, have won the framework contract from Iceland’s national airport and air navigation service provider Isavia for the expansion of Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport.

Since 2015, Nordic and COWI have been working on a master plan for Keflavik International Airport. Iceland’s main airport is being developed to ensure that it can effectively handle the growth in passenger numbers.

The two companies, together with Iceland’s architecture firms ArkÞing and Teiknistofan Tröð, and Icelandic engineers at EFLA, have won the five-year framework contract.

The existing terminal will be expanded by nearly 30,000m². The framework contract has two parts – one for the terminal building and the other for various airport-related buildings.

The contract has a provision for extension to eight years.

Originally built by the US military in the Second World War, the Keflavik Airport has since played a key role in the development of Iceland as a tourist destination as well as a stopover on flights between Europe and the US.

The current terminal has seen a five-fold increase in passenger numbers since its inauguration in 1987.

The airport is expected to surpass 10 million passengers per year by 2020, and several enlargements and improvements have been planned for the coming years.

Nordic – Office of Architecture partner Hallgrímur Þór Sigurðsson said: “Nordic has many years of experience in airport design and has worked with COWI at both Gardermoen and Flesland; now we are looking forward to continuing the development of Keflavik together with them and with our local partners in Iceland.

“Isavia is a very exciting and professional client that we are delighted to go on working with in our future assignments.”

The project group is keen on helping Isavia to meet the challenges facing the airport.

COWI Norway airports project director Frode Fjeldstad said: “COWI has a significant market position within airports all over the world. We follow developments closely and are in constant contact with innovative technology which gives us the knowledge to create the most efficient airports in the world.

“It is very rewarding to use our expertise from across the Northern Hemisphere in Iceland.”


Image: Conceptual design for Keflavik produced alongside the master plan. Photo: courtesy of COWI A/S.

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