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.
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.
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.