Singapore's Changi appoints design consortium for Terminal 4

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Changi Airport Group (CAG) has chosen a consortium to pilot the architecture, design concept and construction of the new Terminal 4 at Singapore's Changi airport.

The project consortium is being led by SAA Architects and includes Benoy Ltd, Aecom Singapore and Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner.

The airport says that the consortium was chosen from a design competition process involving five consortia which submitted proposals for the new terminal.

The consortium has already started working with CAG to integrate the operational requirements into the design of the new terminal. It will also conduct a number of workshops with stakeholders, including airlines, ground handlers and the immigration authorities to ensure that the terminal meets the needs of each party.

Plans and designs for the new terminal will be released soon, says the airport operator.

"Architecturally, the design of T4 will be functional, and yet have its own distinct character compared to the other three terminals at Changi airport," says Yam Kum Weng, CAG executive vice-president air hub and development. "Due to height restrictions and the area of the site available, T4 will be smaller in terms of physical space and handling capacity."

The two-storey Terminal 4 is expected to open in 2017 and cater to regional full service and low-cost carriers.

It is being built at the site of the former Budget Terminal, which is now being demolished. Ground breaking for the new building is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2013.