Three companies have been shortlisted as Western Sydney Airport moves closer to settling on a builder for the airport’s passenger terminal.
Multiplex, Watpac and a joint venture between Lendlease and CPB Contractors are in the mix to build the mammoth project.
Western Sydney Airport CEO Simon Hickey said the integrated international and domestic passenger terminal will offer passengers and their families a stress-free travel experience.
“The advantage of designing a new airport from the ground up is taking a fresh, new approach, learning from the global experiences of airports, passengers and airlines,” he said.
“As well as looking at what makes the world’s best airports work so well, we gained insights from our airline MOU partners that helped us design a terminal that will make catching a plane fast and easy.”
The terminal precinct will include a public plaza, retail and dining options and will be connected to the new M12 Motorway and Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport train service.
Mr Hickey said sustainability was a key consideration in the terminal design and will take advantage of natural sunlight and air flows to reduce energy use and create a healthier, more comfortable environment.
Four new images of the terminal concept design were released today as the shortlist of three parties vying to win the terminal design and construction contract was revealed.
Design of Western Sydney International’s passenger terminal is ongoing and will be finalised when the winning contractor is appointed in mid-2021. Terminal construction is due to begin by the end of 2021.
Mr Hickey said that despite the impact of COVID-19 on travel, the need for Western Sydney International is as strong as ever.
“Experts forecast that global air travel demand will recover from COVID-19 well before the airport opens at the end of 2026,” he said.
“We’re building an airport for Sydney’s future, to support jobs in Western Sydney, as well as growth in tourism and the economy.
“This is airport is not just for the next decade, but for decades and generations to come.”
The first stage of Western Sydney International is on track to open in 2026 and will cater for up to 10 million passengers a year.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.