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Western Sydney Airport seeks designers for its terminal

A further $3.5 billion has been committed to the Western Sydney Airport rail line under a new agreement between the Federal and New South Wales Government, with construction set to begin this year.

Expressions of interests are open to help design Western Sydney Airport’s terminal.

The airport will have a combines international and domestic terminal, with the first stage set to open in 2026 and designed to cater for more than 80 million passengers a year.

Potential designers will go through a competitive process, with a final design being selected by a panel that will be finalised in the coming months.

Firms pitching for the project will need to outline how they plan to involve university students with a link to Western Sydney.

Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham Millett said the airport is looking for firms with experience in designing a comparable airport within the past five years.

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“We’re going to ensure that Western Sydney will be proud of the airport’s terminal – but we want a design that prioritises pleasing our future passengers,” Millett said.

“If you look at airports around the world, Singapore’s Changi Airport is regularly voted the world’s best – the design of its famous Terminal 4 was focussed more on offering passengers a world-class experience than the external look.”

Like Changi, Millet said Western Sydney Airport’s terminal will be designed from the inside out.

We’ll not only offer the smoothest possible journey from the terminal entrance to the aircraft gate, but we want the terminal to be a destination in itself,” he said.

“Think retail, restaurants and entertainment before you go through security, streamlined processing, lots of space and light, and a terminal that’s reliable, fun and easy to find your way around.

“When they’re inside the terminal – that’s when we want visitors to say ‘wow’ – we’re aiming for it to be selfie central.”

The final terminal design is expected to be unveiled by the end of 2019.

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