Gold Coast Airport is set for the next stage of its $370 million expansion, with the development of aerobridges linking to a new three-level terminal set to move forward in coming months.
Building giant Lendlease, who was the stage one contractor, has been appointed to deliver the construction of the 30,000sq m building, four new aerobridges and new retail areas as part of the southern terminal expansion.
The contract value is worth about $200 million, according to industry sources.
The terminal redevelopment, dubbed Project Lift, will increase the airport’s capacity and more than double the floor area of the existing terminal.
Lendlease’s appointment comes as construction commenced on the new Rydges-branded airport hotel in early February. The $50 million, 192-room hotel was approved in September.
Queensland Airports chief executive Chris Mills said that half a billion dollars would be invested in the precinct under the expansion plan.
“The existing terminal is currently operating beyond capacity,” Mills said.
“This expansion will not only help us meet demand, it will create an entry point to the city, befitting the nation’s leading tourism region.
More than 6 million passengers pass through the airport each year, which is set to double by 2037.
Lendlease Building chief executive Dale Connor said the expansion would employ 1500 subcontractors over the life of the project.
“During peak construction times, approximately 250 workers will be required onsite at any one time.”
The new terminal development is expected to open to passengers in 2021.