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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Foster + Partners to extend Marseille airport

It has been announced that the competition to refurbish the airport of Marseille, main gateway to France’s Provence region, has been won by the firm of Norman Foster. The current facility is the result of successive projects, including the enlargement carried out by Richard Rogers in the 1990s. Able to serve 12 million passengers per year (excluding the MP2 terminal), the new expansion by Foster will be built in two phases. The first aims to reconnect all parts of the existing constructions by creating a new ‘heart,’ with a glazed hall 22 meters high, where arrival and departure sequences are rationalized within a single building and the flow of people is simplified. The new terminal will also have a panoramic terrace with views of the airport and surrounding landscape. Phase two of the construction is based on the use of prefabricated elements to facilitate execution and includes twelve new boarding bridges.
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