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Singapore Changi unveils new-look $400 million Terminal 1

The upgraded Terminal 1 at Changi Airport The upgraded Terminal 1 at Changi Airport

Changi Airport has completed its $400 million upgrade of Terminal 1.

Changi Airport has completed its $400 million upgrade of Terminal 1.

Started in May 2008, works were carried out to refurbish the terminal’s interior design, as well as improve passenger flow at key areas such as check-in and arrival.

About 22,000sqm have also been added to the building, bringing the total floor space of Changi’s new T1 to 308,000sqm.

The terminal has been developed using the concept of a ‘Tropical City’, and Changi said the new T1 “reflects Singapore’s reputation as a garden city”.

Changes have been made to the layout of the terminal, with the introduction of better way-finding elements.

Higher ceilings, improved lighting, wider thoroughfares and “thoughtful landscaping” have also been added.

T1 remained operational throughout the four-year phased upgrade.

A total of 1.5 million man-hours were spent on the project, and at its peak, 385 workers were onsite.

A highlight of the revamped Departure Check-in Hall is the world’s largest kinetic art sculpture.

Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group, said: “Terminal 1 holds a special place in the hearts of many Singaporeans given its long history.

“We are pleased to have retained its heritage while preparing it for the future.”

To see a video of Changi's Kinetic Rain sculpture, click here.

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