Home' Commercial : Commercial Building and Design 2013 Contents We also needed to create a terminal (T2) that met
the particular features of flights to regional Western
Australia, particularly resource-sector FIFO flights,
which have a high number of smaller aircraft with
an intensive morning departure peak.
What challenges were faced? Achieving agreement
and alignment with the 27 airlines at Perth Airport
was particularly challenging, given the diversity
that exists between airlines in terms of the markets
they serve and the needs of their passengers.
To date, the biggest challenge has been timing.
Major infrastructure, like airport terminals and
related airfield infrastructure, takes a significant
amount of time to design and construct. Much of
the time has been spent designing the facilities
and reaching agreement with the airlines. The first
of the major projects, T2, is now operational, and
Alliance Airlines and Skywest are operating from
the new facility, which provides a much improved
How will an improved airport benefit the people
of Western Australia and visitors to the State?
Aviation plays a critical role in our social, cultural
and economic lives. From an economic perspective,
the airport provides employment – directly and
indirectly – to more than 23,000 people, and this
has grown significantly due to the redevelopment.
We play a significant role in connecting families,
friends and communities, as well as providing
a critical link in the supply chain for goods and
services from the Eastern States for regional
and remote areas.
Our redevelopment plans will significantly
improve these services, as well as providing
greater convenience for travellers as we achieve
our vision of having all commercial air services
operating from one location.
How does this synergise with the Gateway?
As one of the most important elements of public
transport infrastructure, efficient access to
the airport is critical. The Gateway WA project
will ensure the efficient movement of people
and freight in and out of Perth Airport and the
surrounding Kewdale and Forrestfield areas.
Again, the key element is the timing. The
project is expected to be completed in 2017,
prior to the consolidation of all commercial air
services to the current international precinct.
Before the construction of Gateway WA gets
underway, we undertook measures to minimise
the impact to our customers and ensure
efficient access to the International Terminal
(T1) and the new Domestic Terminal (T2).
Dunreath Drive, the link road between T1 and
T2, and T3 and T4, was completed in September
2010, and the interchange between Tonkin
Highway and Dunreath Drive was completed in
April 2012. This allows traffic to access T1 and T2
via Tonkin Highway, and has reduced pressure
on the Horrie Miller Drive/Kewdale Road and
Tonkin Highway intersection.
PERTH AIRPORT CEO
What triggered the redevelopment? With both
domestic and international passenger numbers
doubling over the last seven years (up to three
times the growth at other capital-city airports),
transforming our airport to improve the customer
experience was essential. The unique demands
placed on the airport, particularly with the fly-in,
fly-out (FIFO) resource sector demands, have
driven the need to make substantial investments.
Where did the vision come from? The customer
experience was the main consideration and
inspiration for the design of our new facilities.
We challenged the designers to come up with
plans that will give our customers a convenient,
seamless and enjoyable experience. For example,
we have strategically placed the new Domestic
Terminal (T2) next to the current International
Terminal (T1) to enable passengers to move
effortlessly between regional, domestic and
international services. Another example is the
contemporary design of the Domestic Pier, which
will become home to Virgin Australia in 2014.
“What is critical about this phase of growth is it’s not just about
growth in size and extent, but growth in terms of a richer, more
varied built environment. Rather than being a mono-cultural place,
it will be more multi-dimensional – not just in terms of the city,
but also the suburbs.” – State Architect Steve Woodland
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