Western Sydney in search for contractors

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Western Sydney Airport in Australia has begun the search for a construction contractor to build its terminal precinct.

According to CEO Graham Millett, registrations of interest are expected from both Australian and global consortia.

“Even in the context of an infrastructure boom, we’ve had a high level of interest from the market in each of the tenders we’ve released so far,” Millett said. “The terminal will be the heart of Western Sydney International – it is the flagship of the airport and it will be a flagship project for the company that wins the contract.”

The contract includes construction of the first stage of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport’s integrated international and domestic passenger terminal precinct, including the baggage handling system, security systems, IT network and aerobridges.

Catering for up to 10 million passengers per year, the terminal will be designed for modular expansion as demand increases, avoiding disruption to passengers and airline operations.

The terminal precinct design competition was launched in January this year, with five shortlisted architectural teams delivering their visions for the terminal. Submissions are currently being assessed, with the successful team expected to be appointed by the end of 2019, when the first concept designs for the airport’s terminal precinct will be released.

Registrations of interest for terminal precinct construction are open until September 23, 2019. The contract is expected to be awarded in 2021, with work to begin later that year. Western Sydney International is on track to open to international, domestic and freight flights in 2026

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