Zaporizhia International Airport

Location: Zaporizhia, Ukraine

Area: 12 300 sq.m

Chief Architect: Oleksiy Agafonov and UVT GROUP

Year: 2019


The new terminal at Zaporizhia International Airport has an area of 12,300 square meters. Using Building Information Modelling (BIM) UVT GROUP have focused its design on creating bright facades, stunning interiors and elegant design solutions.

The project is important for the development of Zaporizhia region with 3 million people living in the area near the airport. Located on the suburb of the city it is convenien to go by car 30 minutes to the city centre along a new road. A future shuttle bus would also transport passengers to and from the airport. The new terminal will create better conditions for passenger service, increase business accessibility to the region and stimulate people to comfortable fly to different parts of the world, bringing international business closer to Ukraine.


Designed in accordance with current international standards the terminal performs to class A and B energy efficiency levels. For its achievements certain measures has been undertaken:

  • a warm facade with modern Kingspan panels and Reynaers facade system incorporated to provide extra heat;
  • a modern membrane roof provides high rates of heat insulation and waterproofing;
  • all engineering systems meet energy efficiency class B;
  • facility is equipped with heat recuperators, whilst air heat pumps and free-cooling systems are used in winter;
  • Viessmann boilers with a capacity of 1.5 MW at the boiler house.

The project features with a modern BMS dispatching and automation system based on Honeywell equipment. This system controls all temperature parameters and considers the different types of  terminal spaces, the operation of all engineering support systems, the heat station and fire protection.


Project work has been unique and has required the development of detailed design data to enable the proper implementation and manufacture of building elements. With initial limits on the terminal area of 13,000 sq.m and a maximum height of 13 metres it was necessary to arrange all engineering systems so compactly that a spacious terminal is created without the ceiling lowering  to incorporate building systems.

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The terminal has a designed, reinforced concrete frame with beams and bolts and without ledges into the internal space. All load-bearing metal structures are unique and fitted to the interior of the building. The project has the CC3 impact class with a seismicity of 7 points.

The airport baggage handling system provides luggage capacity up to 550 cases per hour. Careful attention was paid to the requirements for people with disabilities so the airport is equipped with necessary medical features. The planning solutions correspond to ICAO standards. The individually designed mathematical model for evacuation in case of fire has been used to calculate the passengers flow through the terminal considering also the airport traffic schedule. The terminal is fully equipped with fire protection measures.


Unique architectural solutions from three-dimensional planning are:

  • The luggage compartment for throughput can be adjusted as required between domestic and international flights in the right proportion.
  • Departure and arrival lounges can be combined during peak traffic to adapt to changing passenger flows. In case of combining the arrival halls another luggage strap can be added and the departures area can have 2 extra exits to land. Different combinations can be made at times when there are no domestic flights but international flights are operating.
  • Airport planning is made symmetrical between domestic and international flights allowing further expansion with minimal adjustments.
  • In the center of the terminal there is a large communication mine that connects all floors and leaves access to the main highways for further extensions and increased passenger flow.
  • Exit elevators are made in such a way that they operate at once on 2 exits, thereby saving money and space.
  • The organization of logistics inside the terminal is designed so that the flows do not intersect at all. Even the main staff access their working zones, bypassing the passenger area.  Thanks to such logistics, it was possible to reduce the number of security control points and, accordingly, reduce the number of personnel.


Architectural, structural and interior design are performed in a single BIM model, creating a complete digital counterpart with master plan, external networks and interiors. Additional graphic materials were provided in the form of video, individual renders, a full active VR model with the main elements of architecture, design and engineering networks, which allowed the customer’s team and the project office to understand the future result more clearly.

This project was awarded by:

  • EE Real Estate Forum – Best Pubic Project of the Year 2019
  • CRE Awards – Industrial Project 2020

Read more about implementation of this project at Property Times and see photos of its building process.


The copyright for the project belongs to the project chief architect Oleksiy Agafonov and UVT GROUP LLC.