BAC continues to roll out a multi-billion dollar infrastructure program, including the recently delivered International Terminal Expansion Project and Northern Access Road Project as well as major terminal extensions, a new runway system and the development of aviation-related industry precincts.
The Northern Access Road Project, comprising Moreton Drive and Nancy-Bird Way was opened by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh in December 2009, virtually eliminating a major source of airport congestion. The new, privately funded road is a major boost in capacity for Brisbane Airport's road network, resulting in savings in time, congestion, fuel use, and emissions for the tens of thousands of vehicles using the Airport's roads every day. Forty percent of vehicles that were travelling on Airport Drive are now using Moreton Drive, representing a major relief to the notorious Airport Drive-Gateway Motorway Roundabout while construction continues on the Airport Link Project.
Moreton Drive links the Gateway Motorway with the Domestic Terminal in a seamless, uninterrupted flow, while Nancy-Bird Way services the International Terminal. The road network provides airport users and businesses with a second major access route to terminals and airport businesses, delivering efficiencies to the entire Australia Trade Coast region - one of the fastest growing employment and investment locations in Australia.
The new road network also benefits the many hundreds of businesses that rely on efficient Airport access and egress. It is also, notably, a major benefit to the sustainability of Brisbane Airport resulting from more efficient traffic flows, less fuel consumption and emissions.
Further relief for motorists will come with the completion of the State Government's Airport Roundabout Upgrade Project and the completion of the Gateway Upgrade Project in 2012. In fact, Brisbane Airport will be one of the most accessible and efficient airports in Australia when the final pieces of the puzzle are put in place, with a highly-efficient road network linking the city, the airport and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
A new taxi call forward area for Brisbane Airport was completed in mid 2010, providing more than 350 bays for taxis servicing one of the state's most important facilities. The taxi call forward area features state-of-the-art facilities for drivers, including fully shaded parking a cafe, prayer rooms, flight information display monitors, CCTV security, a parkland eating area, and toilet and shower facilities.
Construction of the staged Domestic Terminal expansion project commenced in 2010 and includes a $130 million new multi-level short term car park, a $30 million Common User Satellite Upgrade, and $60 million Stage Two Northern Domestic Terminal Apron Expansion.
When complete, the new Domestic Terminal short-term multi-level car park will be the spectacular canvas for an eight-storey kinetic public art project designed by internationally renowned artist Ned Kahn.
Viewed from the exterior, Kahn's concept for one side of the car park will appear to move with Brisbane's subtropical breezes and create the impression of waves due to the wind passing behind 250,000 aluminum panels. Inside the car park, intricate patterns of light and shadow will be projected onto the walls and floor as sunlight passes through this kinetic facade. In addition to revealing the ever-changing patterns of the invisible wind, the artwork has many environmental benefits, including providing ventilation and shade for the interior of the car park.
The car park, due for completion in 2011, will also feature a number of environmental initiatives, such as rainwater harvesting from the roof. As part of this car park project BAC will be Brisbane City Council's first customer to receive recycled water from Luggage Point, to be used for irrigation and waste water.
The new car park will provide 5,300 undercover car spaces across nine levels, state-of-the-art way-finding technology, and innovative safety and security measures significantly improving the experience for passengers.
The Common User Satellite upgrade will increases the number of passenger gate lounges from two to seven; provides two additional aircraft parking bays; offers new food and beverage facilities close to the new passenger lounges; improves the energy efficiency of the satellite building; and provides space for new airline offices.
Stage Two of the Northern Domestic Terminal Apron Expansion, expected to be complete by early 2012, will provide an additional eight aircraft bay, taking the total to 19. Stage Three of the apron expansion, due for completion in early 2014 will provide a further 12 bays.
History shows that even in an economic downturn it is important to prepare for the future and that innovation and sustainability in design will only increase in importance.
A seamless blending of the old and new, enveloped in a contemporary Queensland theme, has seen Brisbane Airport's new International Terminal, opened in December 2008, awarded the prestigious Art and Architecture Prize at the 2010 Queensland Architecture Awards.
Brisbane firm BVN Architecture's design was recognised for its distinctive Queensland feel, world class airport design principles and the ability to integrate new and old elements within a 24-hour operating environment. The award further highlights Brisbane International Airport's position as a major gateway to the world and a great welcome to Queensland.Media