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Shortlisted teams announced in Western Sydney Airport terminal design competition

Western Sydney Airport has announced the five shortlisted teams competition to design a passenger terminal for Sydney’s proposed second airport.

The teams were selected from more than 40 expressions of interest. The shortlisted teams are:

  • Designinc and Foster and Partners
  • Architectus, Gensler, SAA Architects and Surbana Jurong
  • Cox Architecture and Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Woods Bagot and RSHP with Aspect Studios
  • Hassell and Pascall Watson

The selected teams were required to have at least three major airport or aviation projects in the past 10 years. One of the participating practices on each team needed to be permanently based in Australia.

The teams will now create their vision for an integrated international and domestic terminal that will also include a transport interchange and a plaza.

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Western Sydney Airport has also singed memoranda of understanding with Qantas and Virgin Australia, which will provide insights that could influence the airport’s design.

“Each team’s experience in airport design will be crucial to their pitch to design Western Sydney International’s terminal,” said Western Sydney Airport Chief Executive Officer Graham Millett.

“There are so many factors that will have to come together in the design to ensure our customers have a seamless experience in an enjoyable environment.

“From the moment they arrive at the Airport, through check-in, security and customs, to the boarding gate, we want every stage to be stress-free.

“Smart design will be the cornerstone of our vision to create an airport that passengers love using and that offers airlines an efficient, reliable product.”

The teams were also required to outline how they intend to involve university students with a link to Western Sydney in the airport design process.

“We got some interesting proposals for ensuring the design process is a genuine learning opportunity for Western Sydney university students,” Millett said.

The selected team will be required to have a vision for the airport to be developed in multiple stages. Stage one will include a 3.7 kilometre runway and facilities for up to 10 million passengers annually. Further stages will accommdate a projected 82 million annual passengers by 2060.

The winning design is expected to be selected by the end of the year. The airport is due to open in 2026.

Western Sydney Airport is a Government Business Enterprise and is wholly owned by the federal government. It was established in August 2017 for the construction of a new airport at Badgerys Creek, after Sydney Airport Corporation, which operates Kingsford Smith Airport, declined to build and operate a new airport in Sydney’s west.

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