Airport Town Centre
At 2700 hectares, Brisbane is Australia's largest airport - three times the size of Sydney. While this means the airport can grow sustainably for decades to come, it also opens a new world of property development, with around 1000 hectares available for a wide range of non-airfield uses.
While the property market in Queensland has experienced slow progression during recent times, there is still demand and room for growth at Brisbane Airport - especially Airport Village.
From an empty 60 hectare site only six years ago, Airport Village is one of Brisbane's best planned mixed business locations with the creation of a thriving retail, leisure, amenity and commercial precinct.
The precinct boasts four and a half star accommodation, a Woolworths supermarket; a Dan Murphy liquor outlet; Queensland's largest Direct Factory Outlet (DFO); two child care centres; a pharmacy, butcher, tavern and cafes. New additions to the Village Markets include award winning hair salon Bossy Hair, Beauty Stop beauticians; and food outlet, Magical Rice, to further meet the shopping, dining and socialising needs of more than 17,000 local staff from 420 businesses airport businesses and neighbouring communities such as Eagle Farm and Pinkenba.
A Brisbane Airport Service Centre, designed to process the security requirements of airport workers and an occupational medical centre also recently opened, with a 24 hour gymnasium and bakery are planned to open soon.
The four and a half green star accredited Australian Customs and Border Protection Service building at Brisbane Airport was officially opened by the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon. Brendan O'Connor, MP on 22 December 2009. This modern building offers staff easy access to both the sea and air ports coupled with the amenity that only a quality master planned precinct such as Airport Village can provide.
Opposite the Village Markets, the new Brisbane Airport Experience Centre incorporates information displays on the airport's operations, multimedia presentations and interactive maps.
Novotel Brisbane Airport also opened its doors in December 2009 and welcomed visitors to make use of its 157 four and a half star guest rooms and stunning cantilever rooftop pool. The hotel and its gourmet Catalina restaurant have worked steadily to gain a good reputation and are trading well since opening.
As part of this master planned precinct, public space and art is being created throughout. As Airport Village evolves into a business and services district for the airport and the wider community, there have been many opportunities to inject colour and vitality into the built environment and to create an atmosphere that ensures visitors want to return.
A welcoming green leafy haven just outside Novotel's Catalina Restaurant is the new home to an artwork created by emerging local artist Gemma Smith, while the first of a number of dedicated recreational parkland areas have been established around the new Australian Customs and Border Protection Service building.
Although much of the focus has been on the wide range of commercial and retail offerings at the Village, the office buildings in the Airport Village Precinct are in fact 100 percent leased by aviation related business, including Aergo International, a specialist in Aircraft Charter Operations. Aero-care, an organisation that provides outsourced ground handling services has also recently moved in to the Village Markets.Media