Madeira Airport

Madeira - Portugal

Transport | Airports | Project Management and Works Supervision

Madeira Airport

Client: ANAM – Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea da Madeira, S.A.

Period: 05/1995 – 06/2002


The expansion of Madeira Airport is generally recognized as one of the most complex engineering works carried out in Europe in the late 1990s. The most complex work was the increase of the runway length to 2 781 meters and rotation by 3º30′. This involved the construction of an embankment at sea and a viaduct on this new embankment. This viaduct was built on 58 meters tall 10 meters in diameter piles that stand on 59 meters long foundation piles, arranged in 32 meters square grids. The works  also included geotechnical studies, construction/redevelopment/reconstruction of car parks, construction of new road accesses and viaducts to the airport area, construction of a new cargo terminal, fire department building, maintenance building, security building and taxiway assistance building, expansion and rehabilitation of the passenger terminal, construction of 5 km of 2×2 access motorway.

Project value: € 535.000.000

Scope of services: CONSULGAL was the leader of a Consortium responsible for investment and construction management, which included assistance in procurement and contracting, detailed design review, supervision of construction works, control of information through an integrated information management system.

In 2004, Madeira airport was awarded the Outstanding Structure Award by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering.