Sydney Airport International Terminal Masterplan

DesignInc has contributed master planning and architectural design services to Sydney Airport Corporation since the 1990s, notably the T1 Terminal forecourt development, on-grade carparking and railway station.

In 2005, our brief was to prepare a masterplan that scopes a $90 million reorganisation of the landside area of the International Terminal, redefining the transport and interchange components and optimising landside commercial opportunities.

DesignInc developed ten urban design principles to guide the project that prepares the terminal to accommodate the forecast 29.6 million pa international passengers who will use the facility by 2033.

The urban design principles are:

  1. Create a green environment, appropriate to a high-tech, functional airport
  2. Build a new identity for the airport as a global gateway
  3. Create a new town centre with transport, commercial, and retail offerings
  4. Develop a multi-mode interchange of road, air, and potentially water transport
  5. Create alternate access nodes that complement traffic and security needs
  6. Integrate carparking as part of a ‘Total Journey Experience’
  7. Present ground transport in well-lit, undercover settings
  8. Establish the airport as a commercial, business-focused hub
  9. Create a destination that appeals to both passengers and community
  10. Increase revenue with a new model for passenger and community spending

Key features of the masterplan are 3 Multi Storey Car Parks (MSCP) within 200 metres of the terminal, setting a framework for future development that is defined by pedestrian friendly plazas and parks; and the activation of the MSCPs by adjacent commercial buildings. Remaining land earmarked for new commercial developments will enjoy landscaped boulevard connections, bridge-links and green open space.

Since the masterplan was established, DesignInc was successful in delivering a wide range of the building works including:

2005, the Central MSCP and road bridge to the terminal;

2007, The Central Commercial Building, and revised Masterplan;

2010, The Northern MSCP and connecting sky bridge to the Central MSCP;

2012 and 2017, Sydney International Airport P7 Multi-Storey Carpark;

2014 and 2017 Sydney Domestic Airport P3 Multi-Storey Carpark;

2015, Sydney Domestic Airport T2 Virgin Office Fitout;

2016, Sydney Domestic Airport T2 Foodcourt and Gate 35 Retail Refurbishment;

2016, Sydney Domestic Airport Tigerair Check-in Bag Drop;

2016, Sydney International Airport Bussing Redevelopment;

2017, Sydney International Airport Bike Storage Facility; and

2018, Sydney International Airport T1 Pet Relief Zone.