THE NEW air traffic control tower at Birmingham Airport has been crowned the Project of the Year.
The tower also picked up the prize for best Regeneration scheme at the 2013 RICS West Midlands Awards, celebrating the most inspirational initiatives in the region’s land, property and construction sectors.
On receiving the award, Will Heynes, Airport’s Development Director, said: “We’re honoured to have won these two awards. The new ATC tower is a significant and vital investment that supports our vision to provide the Midlands with global connectivity, and a facility where airlines choose to operate and passengers prefer to fly from.
“It has rejuvenated the western part of the airfield and is an impressive, modern and iconic landmark for Birmingham that has triggered further development projects at this part of the site, helping to create new jobs and play a vital role in supporting the economic success of Midlands.”
The seven storey tower, standing at 34m, is one of the tallest un-stayed control towers in the UK.
Opened in the last few days, it’s equipped with state of the art radar and navigation equipment, and gives controllers better views of the airfield, including the extension of the runways.
Chair of the judging panel Roger Stone, said: “Birmingham Airport’s Air Traffic Control tower ticked all the boxes for the RICS judges. This iconic building is part of a scheme that will bring business people to Birmingham and the West Midlands from parts of the world that we currently do not serve.“