Founded in June 2000 under the ADPI brand as a subsidiary of Aéroports de Paris SA, ADP Ingénierie (1) has doubled the size of its business since 2006, becoming a global player. Backed by Groupe ADP (as Aéroports de Paris became known), its history bears the hallmark of a unique legacy.
ADP Ingénierie – the worthy heir to Aéroports de Paris.
Founded at the end of the Second World War by government decree, Aéroports de Paris was entrusted with designing, developing and operating the airport infrastructure in the Paris region.
From the outset, confronted with the air traffic boom and the resulting infrastructure requirements, Aéroports de Paris decided to set up its own teams of architects and engineers to develop its facilities.
The specific nature of its skills and expertise quickly enabled its design office to handle development issues at other airports throughout the world and to offer its architectural and engineering services for international projects.
During the 70s, 80s and 90s, ADP Ingénierie undertook numerous projects, including Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi Airport, Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta, Terminal 1 at Shanghai Pudong Airport, Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca, Damascus Airport and Terminal 2 at Santiago International Airport in Chile.
In June 2000, the design office's export business was such that Aéroports de Paris Ingénierie (ADPI), a subsidiary dedicated to international airport design, was created to better manage its own projects.
As part of Groupe ADP, ADP Ingénierie has the ability to propose operational solutions that are grounded in reality and tested within the Group, solutions which assist the maintenance and functioning of airport facilities while ensuring their longevity. These effective and flexible solutions form part of an ongoing strategy of innovation and excellence.
Since its inception, ADP Ingénierie has also demonstrated its expertise by completing ambitious cultural projects, including the Beijing Opera House, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre and Canton Sports Stadium.
However, it has focused predominantly on the airport world, designing and supervising the development of new facilities for large international airports or expansion or refurbishment programs involving iconic architectural projects in Jeddah, Dubai, Moscow, Bogota, Chengdu and Daxing. It has constantly risen to technical challenges, particularly during construction works while in operation for airports in Manama in Bahrain, Kathmandu in Nepal and Santiago in Chile.
For each of its projects, the company combines an architecture that respects both the characteristics of the country concerned and the need for modernization with engineering that is cleverly tailored to airport challenges and operational constraints. Architects, designers and engineers combine their skills within integrated teams to address the challenges faced by our clients.
At the same time, through its in-depth understanding of these challenges, ADP Ingénierie has increased its Assistance to the Client assignments through its functional and technical expertise and Project Management services. Examples include Oman, Tocumen in Panama City and projects in Africa.
2013 heralded an expansion of ADP Ingénierie's offer in terms of operational expertise due to increasingly complex hub airports.
Over the years, in order to meet the needs of clients’ constantly changing environments, ADP Ingénierie has gained in strength, focusing exclusively on the airport industry and drawing on the skills of Groupe ADP. This has taken place alongside architects and engineers who have built the company’s reputation through their creativity and operational expertise in areas such as traffic, business planning, strategy, operational optimization, the development of retail areas, the environment, ORAT and the start of operations.
To meet evolving expectations beyond the construction of new facilities, ADP Ingénierie is increasingly called upon to provide advice to airports throughout the entire airport life cycle. Less iconic than building large passenger terminals, this service offering is just as strategic for clients and hub airports of all sizes, whether to optimize the use of their facilities (infrastructure, systems, processes, etc.), improve the quality of services offered to airlines and passengers or maximize their revenues.
In 2016, ADPI became ADP Ingénierie, Aéroports de Paris became Groupe ADP and the Paris hubs were renamed Paris-Aéroport.
In 2017, ADP Ingénierie underwent an extensive global reorganization designed to offer services that take into account the new reality of the market and the changing needs of clients, in particular "mature" airports facing both an aging infrastructure and a significant increase in traffic. ADP Ingénierie has the expertise to manage mega-hub projects as successfully as small-scale hub airports.
This reorganization focused jointly on:
- the 360-degree and 100% airport-oriented expertise of its approximately 400 experts of 46 different nationalities;
- the close working relationship with its clients through 19 offices around the world, where the most important projects are handled;
- the concept of long-term partnerships to support clients throughout the entire life cycle of their airport.
In light of this, ADP Ingénierie consolidated its branches and other sites into three business units (BUs) that are distributed throughout the world.
In June 2018, Groupe ADP acquired Merchant Aviation, a New York-based airport consulting firm specializing in engineering, with which ADP Ingénierie had forged a special partnership over a number of years. This acquisition strengthens ADP Ingénierie's project services offering in North America.
(1) ADP Ingénierie: the brand name assigned in March 2016