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Heatherwick and KPF win Singapore mega-air terminal

Changi airport terminal 5 site plan
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A bid by Heatherwick Studio and KPF has won the a contest to design a huge terminal at Changi Airport in Singapore

Te joint bid for the airport’s Terminal 5 is understood to have seen off entries from Grimshaw with Singapore’s DP Architects and a collaboration between SOM with Moshe Safdie,

Thomas Heatherwick’s practice had originally submitted its bid with engineer AKT II, however it has emerged that the London-based studio is now working with Arup, Motts McDonald, and Surbana Jurong.

Also on the team are Singapore-based Architects 61, James Corner Field Operations, The Fountain Workshop, Speirs + Major, Lichtvision Design, and Bruce Mau Design with Entro.

Jewel Changi Airport

Earlier this week an airport spokesperson refused to confirm the final design team, telling the AJ there had not been a ’formal notification of any appointment’.

The 1,080ha project will expand Changi Airport’s capacity – which will be 85 million passengers per year in 2019 – so it can handle 135 million per year when it completes in the late 2020s.

The scheme is part of an £890 million expansion programme known as Changi East, which will deliver a three-runway system at the busy airport, built on reclaimed land east of the city state.

The new Terminal 5 will be connected to the existing Terminal 1, 2 and 3 buildings and with Singapore’s mass rapid transit network.

Last year work completed on Changi’s £726 million Terminal 4, designed by Moshe Safdie and Benoy. The 134,000m² mixed-use scheme, known as the Jewel Changi Airport (pictured top), featured a hotel and retail developments with five levels of underground parking.



Changi East

Other firms in the running at earlier stages for the Terminal 5 job include RSHP, which won a separate contest to expand Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan a year ago.

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