Berlin Airports welcomed the verdict of the Awards Chamber of Brandenburg, which was announced today.
The Chamber ruled that the cancellation of the tender process for the BBI terminal by Berlin Airports on 9 October 2007 is legal. The Chamber rejected the appeal by Hochtief Construction in Essen, one of the four companies bidding for the project. “Our reasons for canceling the bidding process were fully justified,” stated Thomas Weyer, Managing Director of BBI/Engineering at Berlin Airports. “The Awards Chamber agreed entirely with our reasoning.” The awards process was cancelled for several reasons, including the fact that all four tenders submitted were uneconomic and at least €400 million above budget. Instead of inviting companies to bid for one large general contractor contract, the contracts for construction services will now be awarded in seven single lots. The bidding for planning services for the BBI Terminal has started and the pre-qualification round for the construction of the terminal structure and the baggage sorting system have also commenced. The schedule for BBI remains unaffected by the new tender notification for the terminal: construction work for the airport's new 4,000-metre-long south runway began in October and work on the terminal station is progressing to plan. Structural work on the new BBI terminal will begin as scheduled in mid-2008. The Capital Airport is scheduled to open on 31 October 2011.