Western Sydney Airport construction to start in 2021 (Australia)
Australia’s federal government has announced that construction of the passenger terminal at the new AU$5.3billion Western Sydney International Airport will start construction by the end of 2021. The project in the Badgerys Creek area, 40 km west of Sydney’s central business district, has short-listed several contractors for the project.
Although the overall cost of the project has so far not been disclosed, AU$5.3billion is the cost estimate for the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) which has been conceptualised by Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture. The airport is being designed to grow with demand and is predicted to reach 82 million annual passenger capacity in the 2060s
The three shortlisted parties are:
- Lendlease CPB Joint Venture (a joint venture between Lendlease Building and CPB Contractors)
- Multiplex Constructions
- Watpac Construction
The Australian government is pressing ahead with the project, as it remain a priority to create thousands of jobs as well as opportunities for local businesses. The airport is expected to support almost 28,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2031.