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Western Sydney Airport chooses terminal precinct engineer

Western Sydney International Airport has released the first designs, showcasing the new terminal building, following a competition to find a designer.

A terminal precinct engineer has been appointed to help deliver the $5.3 billion Western Sydney International Airport to meet the city’s growing aviation needs.

Global engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon was selected for the position after a competitive tender and will oversee the engineering of the terminal precinct.

As terminal precinct engineer, Aurecon will develop the reference design and technical advisory support for the terminal building, the airport apron, public carpark and roads, which are expected to see 10 million passengers per year.

London-based Zaha Hadid Architects and Sydney-based Cox Architecture will design the terminal building and were selected following a competition that generated more than 40 designs.

Aurecon’s team will be led by Brett Reiss, an aviation expert who has engineering, technical aviation and advisory experience.

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“We are not just engineers, we are approaching this project with a user-centred design approach to ensure that the project provides a great passenger experience,” Reiss said.

Aurecon and Arcadis, as part of a joint venture, was also selected by construction partners Lendlease and CPB Contractors to carry out major earthworks and airfields design. Major earthworks will begin in early 2020 at the 1780-hectare site at Badgerys Creek, around 50 kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD.

Aurecon’s Global Head of Aviation Stephen Symons said that while the airport would initially handle up to 10 million passengers annually, the terminal is being built for modular expansion to accommodate the long-term capacity of up 82 million passengers a year by the early 2060s.

“We are not just designing a terminal; we are looking at containing space within a built form environment that can be used in the future but optimising the opportunities from this,” Mr Symons said.

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