News: Making space for new terminal

Early & Enabling Works are scheduled to begin after the summer. These are 17 projects to prepare the building site for the new terminal and to clear it of all existing functions. This will involve demolition, dismantling, conversions and relocations, and the repositioning of cables, roads, shops and routes. “The biggest challenge is time,” says project manager Kim Flinterman.

Published on: 29 August 2019

“The hot topics are the dismantling of the existing connection to the B pier, the disappearance of Checkpoint 58 for staff on the west side of the B pier, the construction of the new temporary connection between the B and C piers, the reorganisation of Octaanplein, and the diversion the RH route,” says Flinterman. “Those will be the first projects we start after the summer.”

Aircraft stands B13 and C4

The concentration of work activities will have considerable impact on all sorts of stakeholders. “For instance, the Operations department is giving up two aircraft stands (B13 and C4) for the next five years to make it possible to build the new link between the B and C piers, the so-called B-C link,” explains Flinterman. The work will also have consequences for retailers: Tribune Burger Bar, Grab & Fly and AKO Bookshop will have to leave their current locations.

Reorganising Octaanplein

In October, work will begin on reorganising Octaanplein, the location of KLM Fuel Services’ filling points. “As you can see, the dotted line demarcating the building site for the new terminal goes through Octaanplein,” says Flinterman, pointing to the map. “So we will be adapting fuel truck parking arrangements, the road layout for operators, and pedestrian routes accordingly.”

Checkpoint 58 to close

Checkpoint 58 will close on 15 December, together with the closure of the Havenmeesterweg. “It will be replaced by a temporary checkpoint at the edge of the building site, close to Octaanplein, intended for staff entering from the west. Staff who come by public transport, or who park their cars in P40, will be referred to the checkpoint in the S-passage, whose capacity will be enlarged.”

The domino effect of work activities

The Early & Enabling Works activities either overlap, start at the same time, or follow a sequence. “Everything’s connected. It’s a bit like dominoes,” says Flinterman. “The biggest challenge is time. It’s enormously complex, but with hard work and good teamwork we should succeed. I have to admit,” she laughs, “that if everything went smoothly and easily, I’d be bored.”

Read the interview with Kim Flinterman about the greatest challenges for the Early & Enabling works.