Western Sydney International Airport, Australia

A user centred design approach meets Sydney's growing aviation needs

Aurecon is providing the terminal precinct engineering design services for the new $5.3 billion Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, which will meet the city’s growing aviation needs.

Aurecon was selected through a competitive tender process to oversee engineering of the terminal precinct, which includes development of the reference design and technical advisory support for the 10 million passengers per annum terminal building, the aircraft apron, public car parks and roads.

The terminal building will be designed by an architectural team consisting of London-based Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture in Sydney. The winning design focuses on the customer journey while paying tribute to the Western Sydney region and natural landscape.

The Aurecon aviation team is bringing a mix of engineering, technical aviation and advisory skillsets to what is the largest aviation project Australia has seen in decades.

Aurecon is approaching this project with a user centred design approach to ensure that the project provides a great passenger experience.

Instrumental in the development of this approach has been Aurecon’s i40 team, which is an internal innovation team that deploys Design to Innovate processes to help unpack a problem and develop solutions.

Aurecon, in a Joint Venture with Arcadis, was selected by construction partner the CPB Acciona Joint Venture to carry out the major earthworks and airfields design. Major earthworks started in early 2020 at the 1,780 hectare airport site at Badgerys Creek, about 50 kilometres west of Sydney's CBD.

While the airport will 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.

Aurecon is not just designing an airport terminal; we are ensuring that the built assets will maximise future opportunities for the airport.

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