Aerotropolis, Ekurhuleni, South Africa

An Aurecon-led consortium won the contract to develop the Ekurhuleni OR Tambo Aerotropolis in Gauteng, South Africa in September, 2013.

An aerotropolis is an economic development strategy designed to increase competitiveness in global markets, leveraging the access that air travel and air freight provides to global clients.

An aerotropolis development plan requires an integrated breadth of input across urban and transport planners, economists, financial and logistics experts, environmental managers, market researchers and strategists.

Aurecon led the multi-disciplinary consortium with the added advantage of extensive experience working on planning and infrastructure projects in the Ekurhuleni locality. This local knowledge is blended with international aerotropolis specialist expertise in research and strategic planning from MXD, and urban planning and branding from RTKL. Two of Imperial Logistics’ subsidiaries were also involved and led the integration of logistics and freight studies into the project. Turner and Townsend contributed specialist PPP and financial advice and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa (CSIR) provided additional traffic modelling experts.

The team made use of a number of high-level tools, such as spatial data analysis systems, sophisticated economic analysis tools and transport modelling and planning systems, to deliver the necessary innovation a project of this magnitude demands. The breadth of information and the sophistication with which it is analysed and integrated was critical to ensure that all opportunities were captured and optimised.

What made this consortium successfully collaborate on this project beyond the extensive technical expertise, is the collaborative culture and absolute focus on excellence. When examined together, there is potential to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits. This is at the heart of the aerotropolis solution.

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