An airport is the first experience most tourists have of any destination and when it comes to luring even more visitors, and their all important money, first impressions count.
Brisbane Airport Corporation's (BAC) $45 million International Terminal redevelopment was designed to not only better its domestic rivals but to be 'world-best' and the preferred choice for passengers, airlines, business and the community.
While the upgrade was officially opened in October last year it continues to draw plaudits from the industry, as well as visitors.
With the goal of breaking the usual ‘airport mould’ and creating a distinct space that differentiated Brisbane Airport from all others, the redevelopment has already been recognised with the Queensland Property Council Award for Excellence in Design.
Elements of the redevelopment included; a new themed Departures lounge, incorporating a sense of place that is uniquely Brisbane; new walk through Duty Free stores for both Departures and Arrivals; new specialty retail and food and beverage outlets offering the best of local produce and products; improved way finding for passengers and unrivalled views of aviation activity on the tarmac.
Every part of the project was carefully designed to leverage the unique character of Brisbane, with a specific focus on Queensland’s enviable outdoor lifestyle and creating an environment that encapsulated the personality of Brisbane and Queensland.
Julieanne Alroe, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director said the project was a significant milestone in the terminal’s 20 year history with the refurbishment putting Brisbane International on the map as one of the most beautiful in the world, while establishing a global benchmark for design.
“This project has been a labour of love for everyone who has worked on it over the last few years, helping to create a truly unique gateway to Queensland," she said. “Everything we set out to achieve was accomplished to the highest quality, all while working within a secure terminal which continued to operate 24/7."“This project was completed on time and on budget without any major disruptions to passengers or operations due to a focused and collaborative approach by all.
The stunning fit-out features locally sourced stone, timbers, fittings and plants which define dedicated dwell, work and relaxation areas.
Arkhefield were lead consultants and architect collaborating with BAC’s chosen theming partner,
Richards & Spence, as conceptual architects.
The firm's worked together with the goal of establishing a unique sense of Brisbane with all elements of the development, while pursuing the vision of a world-class environment for travellers.