Shortlist selected for AU$5.3bn airport terminal

21 June 2019
Credit: Western Sydney Airport
  • Western Sydney Airport





Five teams to compete for major Sydney transport hub

Earlier this year, Western Sydney Airport issued an invitation for expressions of interest from architectural teams to design a new terminal precinct with a construction value of $5.3bn AUD. Now, five shortlisted teams have been chosen to participate in the next stage of the selection process. The chosen parties will create their vision for an integrated international and domestic passenger terminal, including a plaza and a public transport interchange.

The selected participants are:

• Design Inc & Foster + Partners      
• Architectus, Gensler, SAA and Surbana Jurong
• Cox and Zaha Hadid                              
• Woods Bagot and RSHP                                     
• Hassell and Pascall Watson 
“There’s a lot of interest in designing the Airport - over 40 parties put their hand up for the job, which we’ve narrowed down to these final five, which represent an encouraging mix of Australian and international talent,” said Western Sydney Airport Chief Executive Officer Graham Millett. 

As part of the shortlisting process, each architectural team had to demonstrate experience in designing at least three major airport or aviation projects on a comparable scale to the current project in the past decade. They were also required to include at least one team member with a permanent Australian office, as well as provisions to involve local students. “We got some interesting proposals for ensuring the design process is a genuine learning opportunity for Western Sydney university students,” Mr Millett said.

The successful design needs to be scalable and include concepts not only for the first stage of the Airport, but for subsequent plans, including the long term 82 million annual passenger development due to take place in the 2060s.

The Airport is on track to open in 2026, with work well underway. So far, more than 1 million cubic metres of earth have been moved on the 1,780-hectare site. A winning design is expected to be selected by the end of the year. 

Lucy Nordberg
TenderStream Head of Research

This tender was first published by TenderStream on 24.01.2019 here

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