BNE International Terminal to undergo $45 million transformation

December 5, 2013

A redevelopment of Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal by Richards and Spence, and Arkhefield was announced today by Brisbane Airport Corporation.

A redevelopment of Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal was announced today by Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe. BAC is investing $45 million in the redevelopment, which is being undertaken by Richards and Spence, and Arkhefield.

Work on the transformation of the terminal, which will feature a distinctly Brisbane design and additional space to showcase local retailers, is set to commence in February 2014 and is scheduled for completion in mid-2015.

According to Alroe, the reinvigorated arrivals and departures areas of the International Terminal would authentically reflect the character of Brisbane and spirit of Queensland, while providing the very best hello and goodbye for travellers.

“Most airport terminals are alike, no matter where you are in the world. Few have a real sense of the destination and community they serve. Brisbane is about to break that mould and set a new world-best standard for terminal design,” Alroe says.

“This project gave us the opportunity to reflect our enviable lifestyle and natural assets in the vibrant redevelopment of the International Terminal.

“We’ve been planning this project for the past two and a half years – it is the most ambitious redevelopment we’ve embarked on since the terminal was first opened in 1995.”



Local architects Richards and Spence and Arkhefield were chosen for the project as BAC wanted the International Terminal to feel like “it couldn’t be anywhere other than Brisbane”. ”Richards and Spence, and Arkhefield understand Brisbane, and have been responsible for developing a new and very contemporary take on the Queensland architectural style,” Alroe says.

Travel, transport and branding guru Tyler Brûlé was asked to cast his “independent and objective global traveller’s eye” over the airport to help BAC plan for the future and meet its vision of creating a world-best experience.

“Tyler’s unique experience with global aviation and transport hubs, comprehensive understanding of the international travel market and particular interest in the importance of form and function in design was extremely valuable in this process,” Alroe says.

“The strategy Tyler and his team from Winkreative worked on became the blueprint for the terminal project,” Alroe adds.

BAC is increasing its collection of public art at both terminals and within the Skygate precinct as part of the redevelopment. Queensland artists Sally Gabori and Sebastian Moody have been commissioned to be part of the creative process.

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