i4architecture and Group GSA have been selected to work in partnership on the redevelopment of the Townsville Airport terminal in North Queensland, Australia.
The appointment comes as plans to redevelop the terminal gather pace, with construction expected to be underway by mid-2020.
The project follows a closed tender process and according to Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill, the architects’ joint tender stood out because of their obvious grasp of the region’s uniqueness.
“Local procurement and employment is a focus for the redevelopment of Townsville Airport, so we were pleased to receive an excellent tender from i4architecture and Group GSA,” he said.
“Their deep understanding of the region is no doubt influenced by the fact that i4architecture has been part of the architectural landscape of North Queensland for more than 40 years, while Group GSA offers extensive experience in the aviation industry across Australia and overseas.
Gill added that, as the gateway to North Queensland, Townsville Airport has an important role to play by providing a positive first and last impression for all travelers.
“Works to upgrade the terminal roof are now underway, and we are about to appoint a contractor for other core infrastructure works, which will enable the terminal redevelopment to move ahead,” he added.
The redevelopment project will expand and modernize the passenger terminal to meet existing and future capacity requirements. This includes doubling the capacity of the departure lounge, adding new boarding gates, expanding security areas, installing self-check-in and bag-drop facilities, and upgrading the core infrastructure.