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Elevating Travel Experience at Schiphol Airport

Deerns is still on a roll with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, evolving beyond efficiency to pre-emptive maintenance and a quality user experience. Exciting projects in the pipeline are the upgrade to Schipol’s existing Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage and renovation to Lounge 1.

For over two decades, Deerns has successfully completed several high-profile projects for Schiphol Airport. In addition to current ongoing upgrades, Deerns is also spearheading a series of innovative and exciting new projects that will significantly contribute to the airport’s strategic maintenance strategy and enhanced passenger experience.

From 2024 to 2027, the airport plans to invest EUR 3 billion in maintenance and upgrades. Key components of the airport’s infrastructure are scheduled for extensive maintenance or renewal, such as lounges, baggage basement, climate-control systems, walkways, aircraft stands and taxiways.

Innovation in the Pipeline

The upgrade of legacy heating equipment to incorporate Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES). The application of ATES technology in the basement of Schiphol Terminals 1 & 2 represents a significant step forward in the airport’s sustainable energy solutions. This innovative heating and cooling system works by storing thermal energy in the water of underground aquifers, which are natural layers of water-bearing permeable rock, sand, or gravel. It offers a reliable and efficient method for managing building climate control needs while reducing reliance on fossil fuels and decreasing environmental impact.

Lounge 1: Elevating the Travel Experience

Lounge 1, the post-security waiting area for Schengen passengers, is being renovated to significantly enhance quality and sustainability. The redesign covers 24,000m2 with a clearer layout for easier navigation. An additional 5,000m2 will be allocated for travellers and new amenities, including 23 new shops around two central plazas.

This is the third renovation of Lounge 1 that Deerns has once again engineered over the past two decades. The scope of works includes all HVAC, MEP and ICT services in the redevelopment.

Ensuring Continuity & Innovation Amidst Upgrades

The renovation of Lounge 1 presented several unique challenges, including:

  • Creating adequate space for all MEP equipment in an existing building not originally designed for such intensive use.
  • Doubling the HVAC and water reticulation services.
  • Increasing retail density, with new shops needing new lighting, equipment and ICT installations.

A top priority, therefore, was mitigating heat dissipation from the extra equipment and ensuring sound attenuation.

Another major challenge was how to maintain functionality while 30-50% of the usable area was out of circulation. Working closely with the architects, Deerns defined alternative routes and, at times, the implementation of temporary services to maintain operational areas. For instance, using emergency power sources or enacting fire watch protocols when fire alarm and suppression systems were taken down for renovation.

Here’s where we Engineer Excellence

At Deerns, we work hard to drive innovation and engineering excellence at airports. This is exemplified by our longstanding relationship with Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Through meticulous planning, rigorous execution, and a deep-seated commitment to client satisfaction, Deerns continues to redefine the standards of airport engineering, ensuring seamless travel experiences for passengers while embracing cutting-edge technologies for a greener, more sustainable future.

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Anke Matijssen

Division Director Airports