Sydney’s $5.3 billion international airport is set for construction by the end of 2021, with three parties announced this week as shortlisted contractors.
The plans for the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport Terminal includes the creation of retail and dining spaces such as cafes, restaurants and shops, as well as a large public plaza.
The airport will be connected to the local transport network including the M12 Motorway (set for construction in 2022) and the Sydney Metro.
Shortlisted contractors who tendered for the construction of the terminal include:
- Lendlease-CPB Joint Venture
- Multiplex Constructions
- Watpac Construction
Although the federal government released new concept designs for the terminal, the design plans are still ongoing and will be finalised by mid-2021 when the winning contractor is appointed.
Western Sydney Airport CEO Simon Hickey stated that sustainability will be key in the design to offer commuters 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.
He noted that to reduce energy costs and to provide a healthier and more comfortable environment for passengers, the design of the airport will take advantage of natural sunlight and airflows.
“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 airport is not just for the next decade, but for decades and generations to come.”
Stage one of the $8 billion Western Sydney Airport is on track to open to the public by 2026 and is expected to cater for up to 10 million passengers per year. This airport is set to become one of the largest gates to Australia with a prediction of over 82 million passengers annually by 2060.
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