Julieanne Alroe, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and managing director said the unveiling marked a significant milestone in the terminal’s 20 year history with the refurbishment putting her gateway on the map as one of the most beautiful in the world, while establishing a global benchmark for design.
“This project has been a labour of love for everyone who has worked on it over the last few years, helping to create a truly unique gateway to Queensland," she enthuses.
“Everything we set out to achieve was accomplished to the highest quality, all while working within a secure terminal which continued to operate 24/7.
“This project was completed on time and on budget without any major disruptions to passengers or operations due to a focused and collaborative approach by all.
“Everyone associated with the project from the architects and designers, contractors, retailers, project managers, operations team and tenants are to be commended. Not one detail has been overlooked and the result is outstanding."
With the goal of breaking the usual ‘airport mould’ and creating a distinct space that differentiated Brisbane Airport from all others, the redevelopment has already been recognised with the Qld Property Council Award for Excellence in Design.
Elements of the redevelopment included; a new themed Departures lounge, incorporating a sense of place that is uniquely Brisbane; new walk through Duty Free stores for both Departures and Arrivals; new specialty retail and food and beverage outlets offering the best of local produce and products; improved way finding for passengers and unrivalled views of aviation activity on the tarmac.
According to BAC, every part of the project was carefully designed to leverage the unique character of Brisbane, with a specific focus on Queensland’s enviable outdoor lifestyle and creating an environment that encapsulated the personality of Brisbane and Queensland.
Queensland artists were also selected to provide key pieces within the redevelopment and local materials were used for a variety of aspects to support Queensland and Australian suppliers.
While the finishing touches were being made on this major renovation, in the wings another project was quietly gaining momentum at the International Terminal - the construction of three new airline lounges and a day spa, due for completion in early 2016.
“This really is an exceptionally exciting growth phase for Brisbane Airport and these ongoing improvements will enable us to accommodate more passengers, offer a wider choice of routes and carriers and make greater economic contributions to our city and state,” adds Alroe.