Port of Tallinn in Estonia has announced that the first phase of the upgraded D-terminal will become operational in the next two months.

The terminal is being renewed by the domestic construction contractor Nordecon. The extension and reconstruction work in the port is expected to be completed by summer 2020.

The Port of Tallinn Infrastructure Development head Peeter Nõgu said: “The cooperation with AS Nordecon, the general contractor of the construction of D-Terminal has been very successful, and all the problems that have arisen during the construction of the complex site have been solved quickly and professionally.

“It should also not be forgotten that construction work is carried out in the terminal building, serving passengers on a daily basis.

“Today, with the first stage of construction, we have arrived at the point where the finishing touches are being made in the building, the construction of the facade is being completed, and the technical systems are being adjusted.”

Featuring waiting areas for passengers and new seating options, the D-terminal will provide additional space for cafes and shopping.

It will also house a children’s area and a standalone lounge. The D-terminal is used by the Tallink shipping company’s travellers.

Nordecon board chairman Marek Soot said that the firm is using building information modelling (BIM) that enables the builder to better plan the construction process without compromising its quality and speed.

Soot added: “It gives us the opportunity to test a number of interesting technologies to make sure that what’s happening on the construction site is 100% conforming to the model.”

Nordecon said that it is currently developing the D-terminal’s operational building design documentation and BIM for architecture, building structures, ventilation, cooling, heating, water supply, sewerage, low current and automation.

The EU is co-financing the reconstruction of the D-terminal under the Connecting Europe Facility project.