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Woods Bagot plans
airport centre of
Global design company Woods Bagot is
establishing an airport design centre of
excellence in Perth, Western Australia, to
capitalise on its expertise in the field and
grow its business in the region.
Woods Bagot has been involved in
more than 35 airport projects around the
world, including airport master planning,
terminal design and airport/airline lounges.
The company is currently involved in two
major airport projects -- the design and
development of a new terminal at Baku
Airport in Azerbaijan and the expansion of
the international terminal at Perth Airport in
Woods Bagot already has a design studio
in Perth, headed by Mark Mitcheson-
Low, but the development will see James
Berry, currently London-based
director of public, institutional
and transportation at Woods
Bagot, moving to Perth to
grow the airport business. The
company plans to target airport
and transportation business
in Australia, Southeast Asia,
the Middle East and South
America from the Perth centre
of excellence, with support from
its offices in Asia and the United
In particular, Woods Bagot
is eyeing potential airport
development projects throughout
Australia (Sydney, Brisbane,
Adelaide, Darwin), as well as
projects in Mumbai, Indonesia
and China. Berry says that within
five years: "We want to become
the dominant player in [airport
design] in Australia and have
done our first major projects in
the Middle East and China."
Woods Bagot started work
on the Baku terminal project
a year ago and is expecting to
complete it in 18 months. The
project includes the construction of a new
terminal for the airport, which is located
30km northeast of Baku, which will boost
the airport capacity to over three million
passengers per annum.
Meanwhile, construction is due to start
on the Perth project at the end of this year
and scheduled for completion in 2014.
Woods Bagot won the contract to design
the expanded international terminal,
which includes an expanded check-in hall,
new check-in and bag drop technology,
a refurbished departure lounge including
expanded retail outlets, an expanded
passport control area, baggage reclaim
and quarantine inspection, as well as a
redeveloped front of the terminal.
The company is also undertaking
significant research work with stakeholders
on future airport requirements, with key
trends emerging including passenger
tracking and simplifying the passenger
experience, says Berry. -- Emma Kelly
NEWS IN BRIEF
Incheon top again
Airports in the Asia-Pacific region
have once again topped Airports
Council International's airport awards.
Seoul's Incheon International Airport
was named Best Airport Worldwide,
based on overall customer satisfaction,
for the seventh consecutive year.
Singapore Changi (2nd), Beijing Capital
(3rd), Hong Kong (4th) and Nagoya
Chubu Centrair (5th) weren't far
Third runway hope
The Hong Kong Government has
adopted the three-runway option for
the development blueprint for Hong
Kong International Airport (HKIA).
The in-principle approval comes
follows public consultation and the
recommendation to proceed by the
Airport Authority of Hong Kong.
The Government has also said it will
proceed with the Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) for the third runway.
The Philippines' government is
studying a proposal to construct a
low-cost airline terminal at Clark
International Airport. The airport
is proposing a dedicated terminal,
similar to those in Kuala Lumpur and
Singapore, capable of handling up to
10 million passengers a year.
Australia's Sydney Metro Airports
Bankstown and Camden are up for
sale. The general aviation airports were
privatised in 2003 and are held under
long-term leases (85 years remaining)
with the Commonwealth Government.
Leaseholder BAC Holdco plans to sell
the airports together.
Work on Perth's international
terminal will start later this year.
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