"El Prat" international Airport, Barcelona

Prat Airport

New Terminal 1 area at the Prat Airport in Barcelona

FCC Construcción has executed at the airport of “El Prat” the new terminal 1, the expansion of the boarding gates of regional flights, the new commercial area of terminal B, as well as airplane parking.

The new terminal presents: 166 check-in counters, 101 boarding gates, 50 fingers, 15 luggage straps, 12,000 parking spaces and more than 20,000 square meters of commercial areas. With this new terminal, the airport it is capable of handling up to 55 million passengers per year and reach 90 operations per hour.

351 dwellings in the Villa Mediterránea in El Toyo, Almería

A tourist and leisure centre was constructed in El Toyo, also known as the Oasis de Alborán, in an area that is very close to the Cabo de Gata national park; it is of low density and some 80% of the land is made up of green belts.

The project was drawn up by the architects Margarita de Luxán, Ricardo Tendero and Pedro Nau and brought together energy, social, technical and informative criteria, together with sustainability cultural values that reflect the incipient inclusion of these criteria in the actual architecture.

It includes 351 bio-climatic dwellings, garages, lumber rooms and interior urban development. It is set in a rectangular plot having an area of 55,521 m2. 

The promotion consists of nineteen blocks of dwellings and common garages for every two blocks except for the last one. The dwellings are distributed into a basement, ground floor, first and second floors and roof attic.

The interior urban development includes two swimming pools, games court, paddle court, pedestrian crossings, gardening and perimeter fencing.

Because of the terrain geotechnics, some of the buildings required piling. The façade consists of brick cavity walls and interior partitions of various forms of brickwork. The inverted flat roofs have gravel or tiled finishes. Interior facing consists of plaster and cement mortar, with suspended plaster ceilings; single-layer, rough-rendered exteriors. The interior paving is top-quality stoneware, with outside terraces, stairways and roofs in rustic stoneware. The outside carpentry is light-coloured lacquered aluminium, forming sliding and tilting leaves.

The design takes into account the climate in the area and the dwellings incorporate solar and thermal panels and are fitted with modern automation system with fibre optics installations, all intended to save energy.

Remarkable aspects

  • This residential complex underwent the strictest quality assurance control by the International Olympic Committee and was selected as the official residence for the 2005 Mediterranean Games.
  • It was presented with the Foro Civitas Nova 2007 Award in the category of Architectonic Culture and Sustainable Urban Development.

Client: Almería Council

Start date: June 2001

End date: December 2004

A1 Motorway "Arad – Timisoara" Section, Romania

Arad – Timisoara Motorway

A1 Motorway "Arad – Timisoara" Section, Romania

The A1 motorway is a highway that connects Bucharest with the Banat region, in the western part of the country. The motorway executed by FCC has a route of 32.25 kilometers and runs between the towns of Timisoara and Arad, located at western Romania.

It has a total width of 26 meters, including four traffic lanes, two safety lanes and a medium from separation. 31 bridges and 13 structures were executed transversal drainage as a Service Area, which houses the operations and maintenance buildings as well as a police station.

Access to the Pacific Ocean in the Panama Canal- Pac 4

Access to the Pacific Ocean in the Panama Canal- Pac 4

This project is situated along the Panama Canal and consists of the excavation of a new course in the Canal that will connect the new locks with the so-called Corte Culebra, the narrowest strip of the waterway close to the Pacific Ocean entrance to the Canal.

The works, executed by FCC, ICA and MECO, consist of the construction of 3.7 kilometres of approach to the Pacific Locks, with a 200-metre width.

It includes the installation of containment structure made up of cellular coffer dams along more than 1.5 kilometres that allows the construction of a 2.9-kilometre long earth and rock dam with an impermeable clay core, with a base approximately 150 metres long and 26 metres high and a 30-metre wide crest. 

The works include the excavation, transport and dumping of some 27 million cubic metres of mainly rocky material.

During the excavation process, a pumping system will be installed because of the presence of water in levels higher than the maximum excavation depth. 

The installation of surface and underground water drainage systems is also contemplated and the implementation and administration of environmental controls.

In addition, the access roadway sand diversion water drainage channels will be constructed, together with tanks and the cleaning of approximately 80 hectares of firing ranges.

Remarkable aspects

  • The purpose of this expansion is to double the transit capacity of the Canal from 300 to 600 million tonnes per year.
  • This project answers the need to enlarge the Canal to enable the ships known as "Post-Panamax" to pass through.

Client: The Panama Canal Authorities

Start date: 2010

End date: November 2015

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport

Terminal 4 Madrid-Barajas International Airport

The terminal, with more than half a million square meters built, constitutes one of the largest buildings built of Europe.

Among its most representative elements are the cover of 150,000 square meters of corrugated steel, its facades ‘Transparent’ thanks to a curtain wall that covers all the surface, or the ‘canyons’, empty spaces between the ground of the platform and deck through which natural lighting penetrates to the lower levels of the building. Special mention requires also the ceiling bamboo, which increases sensations of warmth and visual comfort to the passenger, or the 550 skylights, which allow the entry of naturallight and enable the reduction of energy consumption.

The terminal, which is connected to the Satellite building through the three kilometers long airport services tunnel, it has a parking lot with capacity for 9,000 vehicles divided into six modules. These have a cover continuous plant of more than 56,500 square meters, which the positions as the largest plant area continues in Europe.

In addition to these infrastructures and facilities, FCC Construcción has executed:

  • New 18R-36L flight track and the raceway. Length total 4,450 meters.
  • Platform, satellite terminal building, remote.
  • Aircraft engine test platform. They were built 20 meter high screens.
  • Access tunnel to the power plant on the air side of the airport.
  • Includes security, ventilation, lighting and two emergency exits.
  • Infrastructure for the Automatic People Mover between Terminal 4 and Satellite Terminal.
  • Luggage tunnel construction in terminal 1 and connection of the F-5 battery.