Townsville-based i4architecture, together with global firm Group GSA, have been appointed to work on the $80 million Townsville Airport terminal redevelopment project.
Construction is expected to get underway by the middle of this year.
Townsville Airport chief operating Officer Kevin Gill said the architects’ joint tender stood out because of the obvious grasp of the region’s uniqueness.
“Local procurement and employment is a focus for the redevelopment of Townsville Airport, so we were pleased to receive an excellent tender by i4architecture and Group GSA,” he said.
“Their deep understanding of the region is no doubt influenced by the fact i4architecture has been part of the architectural landscape of North Queensland for more than 40 years, while Group GSA offers extensive experience in the aviation industry across Australia and overseas.”
Mr Gill said the airport’s redevelopment was moving ahead after reaching financial close on a $50 million loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) late last year.
“Works to upgrade the terminal roof are now underway, and we are about to appoint a contractor for other core infrastructure works, which will enable the terminal redevelopment to move ahead,” he said.
The redevelopment project will expand and modernise the passenger terminal to meet existing and future capacity requirements. This includes doubling the capacity of the departure lounge, new boarding gates, expanded security areas and the installation of self-check in and bag-drop facilities, and an upgrade to core infrastructure.