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Perth awards contracts to improve access and parking around T1

Perth Airport Pty Ltd has awarded contracts for two new projects that will improve access and parking around Terminal 1 (T1), as part of a A$42 million (€28 million) makeover of the forecourt and short-term car parks.

Brierty has been given an A$11 million (€7.3 million) construction contract for the realignment of Horrie Miller Drive in front of T1, and upgrades to the existing short-term car park.

The realigned road will enable expansion of the T1 forecourt to create a 27 metre landscaped plaza across the front of the terminal at a later date.

Brierty is already on site at Perth Airport, working on the construction of Airport Drive, and managing director, Peter McBain, says they are delighted to be continuing their relationship with Perth Airport.

Densford Civil has been awarded a contract to expand the T1 short-term car park, and the project includes the construction of a new entry and exit point, improved traffic flow and circulation within the car park – all aimed at improving the customer experience.

Brad Geatches, CEO Perth Airport, says: "We have listened to what our customers want and done a significant amount of benchmarking with other airports around the world.

"The new forecourt plaza will incorporate covered waiting areas near the pick-up/drop-off lanes and bus area that will provide protection from the elements, as well as a relaxed, landscaped and smoke free forecourt environment for passengers and other visitors to the airport."

The first section of the expanded forecourt, directly in front of the entry to the new Domestic Pier and International Departures area, will be a spacious 27 metre entry plaza.

Perth’s weather lends itself to providing passengers and visitors with a pleasant outdoor experience, and the incorporation of public art will make it an interesting place to be.

The car park will be expanded to provide 1826 car bays and 52 dedicated motorcycle bays, including a mix of disabled access bays, ‘parents with prams’, hourly and short-term overnight bays, along with dedicated small charter vehicle and car rental areas.

“With expansion of our terminals and projected growth in passenger numbers, our infrastructure must be built to meet customer expectations, now and into the future,” says Geatches.

“With the significant investments we are making in our terminals, we also need to bring the outside up to the same standard.  Ultimately, we want Perth Airport to offer something special to all visitors and to be a world class gateway into Perth and Western Australia,” adds Geatches.

This phase of the T1 forecourt road and car park redevelopment is scheduled for completion in mid-2015, with further work to expand the forecourt to the east with new retail outlets scheduled to commence later in 2015.

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