Air Traffic Control Tower tops out
Jersey Airport's new Air Traffic Control Tower will be officially 'topped out' on Thursday 27 August 2009 at 12pm.
The ceremony, which rather than the traditional laying of the final stone, will involve a ribbon cutting followed by a reception held within the control room at the top of the tower.
The tower and operations building, which has been under construction by local contractor AC Mauger Construction, part of the Style Group of companies, since October 2008, will officially complete in early November 2009. The new facility, which is located near the eastern end of the departures terminal, will replace the existing tower, which has now reached the end of its useful life and beyond economic repair.
The tower, which stands at approximately 130ft tall, will be the location for the traditional ceremony. Andy Fleet, Chief Executive, Style Group, said: 'I am delighted with the project so far and must take this opportunity to congratulate the team on their work to date. Despite some adverse weather conditions throughout the winter months, which could have seriously affected the build of the tower, the team is on target to complete on time.'
The tower will officially be topped out by the Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Senator Paul Routier, who has political responsibility for Jersey Airport. The ceremony will also be attended by other members of the project team. Senator Routier, said, 'Jersey Airport's new Air Traffic Control facility represents a major investment for us and we are pleased to see the construction process progressing so well. I am also delighted to see that the contractors working on the project are all local companies'.
Following completion of the construction, the building will be handed over to Jersey Airport for a further six month period of equipment fit out and officer training. The facility is due to become fully operational by spring 2010 after which time, the current air traffic control tower will be demolished during the latter part of 2010, forming part of the longer-term redevelopment of the arrivals facilities.
Operations Director at Jersey Airport, Sandy Sawyer, concluded, 'The new integrated air traffic management system will be installed in the new building throughout the winter, which in the long term will help improve the efficiency of air traffic control at Jersey Airport. We are looking forward to spring 2010 when we are expecting to become fully operational'.