This significant expansion to Dublin Airport enables the Airport to cope with the increased influx of passengers into Dublin Airport. The 14,000 square metre Pier D building is capable of handling up to 10 million passengers per year making Dublin Airport Europe’s eighth largest airport for international traffic.
This project is unique as Pier D is linked to the existing passenger terminal via the new elevated Skybridge, A fire engineered approach to the design of the Skybridge and Pier D building was adopted as the design does not fit within existing prescriptive fire code limits.
The hazards were assessed in each part of the building and appropriate fire safety solutions were developed for each hazard. In an airport, the integration of the operational and design objectives with the fire safety design can sometimes cause conflict. It is essential that the fire safety design takes account of security concerns, architectural considerations (maintaining open and interconnected spaces), efficient passenger movement and commercial obligations.
The performance based design provided significant cost savings to the New Pier D Extension including optimised smoke control requirements, extended travel distances whilst maintaining high level of safety and minimised fire protection requirements to the steel structure.