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Auckland airport appoints consortium to lead design of the ‘airport of the future’

Auckland Airport has appointed a specialist consortium to lead the design of a combined domestic and international terminal.

The airport said the creation of the terminal would mark a key milestone in its vision to construct the ‘airport of the future’.

The Mott MacDonald-led consortium blends international and New Zealand experience through Mott MacDonald, Grimshaw, Architectus and Holmes Consulting.

Auckland Airport Chief Executive Adrian Littlewood: “We are building a world class airport with a uniquely New Zealand feel”. He said the talent the companies will commit to the project was a key factor in their selection.

“The selected consortium’s experience covers over 1,000 aviation projects in 120 countries across 260 airports,” he said. “In addition to specialist experience and knowledge, the consortium’s architects have a proven record of successfully bringing local cultural influence into the fabric of their passenger focused design.”

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The scope of the design project covers building works over the next 10 years. This includes the integrated domestic terminal, an expansion of border processing and the integration of new transport and car parking facilities.

“This is a tremendously exciting project that will further enhance Auckland Airport’s standing as a key hub in the Asia Pacific region and the gateway to New Zealand,” said Mott MacDonald Chairman Keith Howell.

“To deliver this, we will draw on our experience at other strategically important airports such as London Heathrow, Hong Kong and Singapore, and have brought together a multi-talented consortium that has worked together before on other landmark schemes.”

The consortium will begin work almost immediately, with the design expected to be complete in early 2018.

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