Changi Airport Group awards Terminal 4 contract

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Singapore's Changi Airport Group (CAG) has awarded a S$985 million ($776 million) contract for the construction of Changi airport's fourth terminal to Japanese firm Takenaka Corporation.

The award follows a tender which saw five companies submit proposals. CAG says construction is expected to start in the first quarter of 2014, with Terminal 4 scheduled for completion in 2017.

As part of deal, Takenaka will work closely with CAG and the appointed design consortium to refine the design of Terminal 4 before commencing construction.

The core of the contract will involve the development of a passenger terminal building with a gross floor area of 195,000m2 (2 million ft2) and the capacity to handle 16 million passengers per annum.

The contract also includes the construction of carparks, a two-storey holding area for taxis to pick up arriving passengers and road improvement works such as building a new road to funnel outgoing traffic directly onto the expressway. Takenaka will also build a bridge to enable buses and other airside vehicles to move from T4 to remote aircraft stands, and a 68m (220ft) tall ramp control tower to oversee and manage aircraft movements in the apron and taxiways around T4.

“There were very competitive bids from local and international companies with vast experience in the construction of major infrastructure projects,” says CAG’s chief executive Lee Seow Hiang. “The past few months have seen an intensive process for the CAG team, as it went through several rounds of evaluation. Takenaka Corporation delivered the best overall proposal, which included an innovative construction methodology.”

Takenaka was also responsible for the construction of Changi Airport’s Terminal 1, and more recently its upgrading. It was also involved in the 2006 upgrading of Terminal 2.

T4, which will have 17 contact stands for narrowbody aircraft and four for widebody aircraft, will cater to both regional full-service and low-cost carriers.

It is being built at the site of the former Budget Terminal, which has been demolished.