Lendlease has been appointed to deliver Gold Coast Airport’s southern terminal expansion – the next phase of the $370 million airport redevelopment, Project LIFT.
New plans indicate that the development – a three-level terminal, including aerobridges, built to the south of the current facility – will move forward in the coming months.
Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said Lendlease’s appointment represents a significant step forward for the Gold Coast Airport project, which would address capacity issues and pave the way for future passenger growth.
“Gold Coast Airport looks after 6.6 million passengers a year, and this will more than double by 2037,” he commented.
“The existing terminal is currently operating beyond capacity. This expansion will not only help us meet demand, but it will also create an entry point to the city, befitting the nation’s leading tourism region.”
Mr Mills said Lendlease was an ideal partner for the project, with extensive experience in property and construction, including work in the aviation sector.
“We look forward to working with Lendlease on the terminal expansion, which will commence soon and is expected to be completed in mid-2021.”
The first phase of Project LIFT was completed in 2018 and saw a 20,000 square metre expansion of the airport’s apron to create more aircraft parking space in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.
It is anticipated that over 1500 subcontractors and suppliers (many of which will be local to the Gold Coast) will be employed over the life of the project.
Lendlease has also stated that during peak construction periods, approximately 250 workers will be required onsite at any one time.