Newcastle Airport’s terminal expansion has been a work in progress for 12 months and the finished product is set to be unveiled to our passengers this month. As the project comes to an end, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane to recount some of the highlights and milestones of the project so far.
A portion of the airside covered walkway was also removed, and works began on the demolition of the exterior of the old Arrivals 2 entry gate, ramp, rails, and covered walkway.
The demolition works at Arrivals 2 entry gate were completed, and light poles along the fence line were removed.
Construction works began with the footings of the terminal. The footings are unique in that they sit on top of the current apron (tarmac) rather than being cut into the ground.
August 2014 was the wettest August we’d experienced in 16 years; the constant downpours caused minor delays to construction, but the contractors managed to pour the concrete for the footings and columns as per schedule. The timelapse below gives a birds-eye-view of this activity:
Once the footings, columns, and walls were completed, a concrete slab was poured for the roof slab of the extension. The concrete slab is a future-proofing exercise that allows the Airport to build a second storey on top of the extension in the future. The roof slab also minimised any potential/further impacts of Mother Nature on the project as all future work would be completed ‘indoors’.
With the roof slab poured and set, preparation work started on the ground floor slab within the extension.
The concrete slab for the floor was poured at the start of November which allowed contractors to begin building the internal walls, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical services. The photo below was the first glimpse the public had of the new Arrivals entryway:
By mid-November the terminal was beginning to look just like the architectural drawings as contractors installed concrete cladding on the exterior walls.
Other works completed in January included the installation of lighting throughout the extension, tiling of new bathrooms and amenities, and completion of external covered walkways.
The opening of the new arrivals halls marked the completion of Stage 1 and was recognised with a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon by the then-Minister for Planning and Environment and Minister for Women, Pru Goward.
Stage 2 of the redevelopment was in full swing by early March with hoarding installed to barricade off the demolition of the old arrivals hall, Sportsbar, and Hungry Jacks.
The hoarding split the terminal in two (arrivals and departures) with passengers no able to longer transit between the two sections.
The car park payment machines, rental cars, Transport and Information desk were relocated to the new arrivals hall.
In April contractors finished painting the front façade of the terminal, allowing for the covered walkway at the front of the terminal to be installed. A second covered walkway airside (where the aircraft are) was also almost fully complete by this stage.
Behind the hoarding, works focussed on the demolition of the old Sports Bar and information desk (image below).
The end of April saw our region ravaged by wild weather with a ferocious storm lasting days. Surrounded by overflowing ponds, branches, and trunks of fallen trees, we were fortunate to emerge almost unscathed.
In the shelter of the old arrivals hall, works were able to continue. The floor tiles were laid, giving a real sense of the space to the area that has become part of the new departures lounge.
News Travels, Newcastle Airport’s brand new newsagent and specialty gift store, opened its doors to travellers on Saturday 16 May.
In June three of six new food and beverage outlets were opened. Epicure Kitchen and Red Rooster, located opposite NewsTravels, and Cibo Café in the new arrivals hall.
On the night of Wednesday 17 June the Newcastle Airport security and operations teams worked with our building contractors to move the walk-through metal detectors and x-ray machines from their old home, to their new home adjacent to the check-in counters.
In July we announced that the terminal expansion will be complete and open to the public in August 2015.
Construction continued on the refurbishment of the old departures lounge and the fit-out of the final three food and beverage outlets, Broughten Bay, Hunter & King Coffee Co, and Giancarlo.
We look forward to showing you around the finished product when it’s unveiled at the end of August.
Newcastle Airport’s terminal expansion is in its final weeks of construction.
The final piece of the expansion puzzle is underway behind the hoarding where the old departure lounge once stood.
The contractors are finalising the refurbishment of this space and building another two new food and beverage outlets.
Broughton & Bay will offer departing passengers (and their leaving parties) a wide range of ales, local wines, bar snacks, coffee, and an upscale pub-grub-inspired menu.
Hunter & King Coffee Co will be the place for a quick café-style meal before you board your flight. Here, passengers can enjoy a quick cheese toastie or mouth-watering melt to complement your rich coffee.
Gate 4/5 is also having a coffee cart installed nearby. This cart will operate during peak times in the terminal.
These most recent additions will bring the total number of dining offerings at Newcastle Airport to six.
We’re looking forward to revealing the finished product at the end of next month.
This week it was announced that Newcastle Airport’s terminal expansion will be open next month.
Travellers will be able to experience the new terminal in August 2015. With the finish line now in our sights the construction works this week are focusing on installing the structural steel required for the covered walkway outside check-in (photo above) and completing the demolition of the old departure lounge (photo below).
The demolition has been a three-week work-in-progress that has involved the demolition of masonry walls, and the departure lounge bar, infilling the recesses left by the old bar, removal of glass partitions, and running in-ground services.
With the demolition works wrapping up this week, the contractors will be able to begin refurbishment works and the fit-out of two more food and beverage outlets.
We’re excited to announce that our terminal expansion will be finished and open to you, our passengers, next month. Yep, that’s right, you’ll get to see the finished product in August 2015.
In preparation of getting to the finished product, the last month has been very busy. Our terminal expansion reached major milestones as we started to unveil to you what the finished product will look like.
Highlights of the past month include:
Epicure Kitchen and Red Rooster opened in the departures lounge and have proven to be a massive hit. While Cibo (pronounced Chee-bo) is proving very popular with caffeine addicts and those with a sweet-tooth.
On the night of Wednesday 17 June the security screening point was moved to its new permanent location adjacent to the check-in counters.
The relocation of the security screening point allows our passengers to clear through security screening immediately after check-in and into (what will be) a larger departure lounge that includes many dining options. This means you can keep browsing, shopping, and eating right up until you’re called to board your flight.
The old departure lounge has been hoarded off and behind the hoarding magic is happening. The demolition is now complete and refurbishment is underway. The new Terazzo tiles will be laid in the coming weeks and then works will start on building a new bar, Broughton & Bay, a new coffee shop, Hunter & King, and a pop-up display shop.
We are really excited about this last phase of the works and can’t wait to give you the full reveal later this year.
These newly built and opened amenities are the final piece of the jigsaw for toilet facilities in the terminal. So, no matter where you are check-in, departures, and arrivals, relief isn’t too far away.
Newcastle Airport’s terminal expansion has reached one of its final milestones ahead of schedule this week with the opening of new toilet facilities in check-in (photo above).
This is the final piece in the jigsaw for toilets. We now provide toilets in each section of the terminal: check-in, departures, and arrivals. These amenities will be a welcome relief for passengers who arrive at the airport and are yet to clear through security screening.
Other works this week have focussed on the demolition of the old departures lounge (photo below). As the area continues to be cleared we’re seeing how bright and spacious the end result is likely to be.
Works are also set to continue on an outdoor covered that will allow passengers to walk the length of the terminal under shelter.
One of the largest hurdles in Newcastle Airport’s terminal expansion was overcome this past week with the relocation of the security screening area.
On the night of Wednesday 17 June the Newcastle Airport security and operations teams worked with our building contractors to move the walk-through metal detectors and x-ray machines from their old home, to their new home adjacent to the check-in counters.
The relocation of the security screening point allows our passengers to clear through the security screening immediately after check-in and into a larger departure lounge that includes many dining and retail options. This allows passengers to keep browsing, shopping, and eating right up until they’re called to board their flight.
What was the old departure lounge has now been hoarded off to allow for a refurbishment of the area. When complete, this space will include an additional two food and beverage outlets and space for a pop-up display shop.
Broughton & Bay is one of the dining outlets that will offer an extensive collection of refreshing ales, local wines, bar snacks, coffee, and a food menu inspired by upscale ‘pub-grub’.
When complete, the new departure area is promising to be bright and spacious.
The next time we see hoarding being moved in the terminal it will be for the big reveal of the finished product later this year.
This past week the builders have been putting in long hours in readiness for the opening of three of our new dining outlets.
On Thursday 11 June, we'll be doing the chicken dance (see below) because Red Rooster will sell their first Chicken and Gravy Roll, while Cibo will sell their very first flat white and soy caramel latte. On Friday, Epicure Kitchen will fire up its grills in readiness for its chefs to cook you a fresh meal, made to order.
Stay tuned for more news and annoucements.
This June Newcastle Airport will open three of six new food and beverage outlets: Cibo Café, Epicure Kitchen, and Red Rooster.
Epicure Kitchen and Red Rooster will be located opposite NewsTravels, while Cibo Café will serve incoming passengers from our arrivals hall.
The remaining three outlets, Hunter & King Coffee Co, Broughton Bay, and Giancarlo will open their doors at the completion of the terminal expansion project later this year.
Here’s a quick rundown on what each of the outlets will specialise in:
Located in the arrivals hall, Cibo will offer sumptuous food, delectable cakes and gelati, and coffee (artists impression above).
Inspired by find food and an ethos for sustainable farming, this kitchen will offer locally sourced* and ethically prepared food.
An Aussie favourite Red Rooster will have chicken lovers thinking they’re in seventh heaven.
Hunter & King Coffee Co
Located in the departure lounge, will be the place for a quick café style meal before you board your flight. Enjoy a quick cheese toastie or mouth-watering melt to complement your rich coffee.
An intimate coffee station located at Gate 4 offering rich, aromatic coffee and grab and go snacks during peak travel times.
A bespoke and contemporary bar that will offer an extensive collection of refreshing ales, local wines, bar snacks, coffee, and food menu inspired by upscale ‘pub-grub’ is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of travellers.
Here at Newcastle Airport’s corporate office, we’re pretty excited about what’s coming and are debating where we’ll be buying lunch first!
News Travels, Newcastle Airport’s brand new newsagent and specialty gift store, opened its doors to travellers on Saturday (16 May).
This was an important milestone in the terminal expansion project that has opened up the eastern end of the departures terminal and gives travellers a sense of how bright and spacious the terminal will be once complete.
Opposite News Travels, behind some sleek white hoarding, the fit-out to two brand new food and beverage retailers continues. A temporary café has been set up at the western end of check-in while these works are underway.
This week the works on Newcastle Airport’s terminal expansion have focused on the fit-out of the new food, beverage, and retail outlets.
The first retailer we have been given a glimpse of is the newsagency and specialty gift store – Newstravels.
Newstravels will offer the sale of news, books, stationery, soft beverages, crisps and confectionery, convenience and travel product, technology, wine and spirits, gifts, apparel and accessories for men, women, and children.
Newstravels will be located in what used to be the arrivals hall. The colour scheme of the new store evokes natural shades of lily pad green, lagoon blue, coal, and wood; reflective of our the colours of the water and vineyards of our region. The flooring of Newstravels can be seen in image 1 below.
Image 2 (below) shows the fit-out works underway on two food and beverage outlets.
The tiling in the concourse of the new food, beverage, and retail area has been complete and sealing of the Terrazzo floor tiles in underway.
In the check-in hall, additional hoarding has been erected. Behind this hoarding, demolition of an existing storage area is underway ready for the construction of new toilets and more space for check-in.
Outside the check-in area, external awnings removed and pad footings have been installed in preparation for a new covered walkway to be installed (Image 3, below).
After a week of wild weather in our region, we were fortunate to have emerged almost unscathed.
Meanwhile, in the shelter of the old arrivals hall, works continued on the terminal expansion.
The floor tiles have now been laid, giving a real sense of the space that will eventually be the new departures lounge. The views of the apron from this area are just as good, if not better of the views from the current departures lounge.
In this same space the retail fit-out has started, we look forward to showing you progress photos of this in the coming weeks.
Hoarding has been installed in the western end of the check-in area. Behind this hoarding will be new toilet facilities and more space for check-in when the hoarding comes down.
This week contractors finished painting the front façade of the terminal. This means the covered walkway at the front of the terminal can now be installed. A second covered walkway airside, that is where the aircraft are, is almost fully complete. The steel structure is now finished and the roof is now being installed.
With the exception of the covered walkways, works on the exterior of the terminal are almost finished. The majority of contractors are now working behind-the-scenes inside the terminal behind hoarding.
The photos below illustrate how much the area behind the hoarding has changed in just a few weeks:
A view of the new retail area; formerly the location of SportsBar and information desk.
Carpet and tiles have been laid.
Painting of the internal walls continues this week.
The past week was shortened by the Easter long weekend. Still, progress has been made on Newcastle Airport’s terminal expansion.
We saw more activity on the outside of the terminal with the landside façade being completed, allowing contractors to start work on a covered walk way at the front of the terminal. The installation of roof sheeting on the covered walkway on the airside area of the airport also began.
Inside, the installation of internal wall linings continued with enough of these now in place for painting to start.
Newcastle Airport’s terminal will look a little different next time you’re here.
The terminal expansion project is literally expanding the existing building by approximately three metres at the front. This small gain gives more space for the new retail offerings, set to open later this year. This week we will see the cladding on the façade of this expansion be finished.
Refurbishment works of the first phase of Stage 2 have also started this week. Underway is the tiling of the floor, installation of the ceiling (in what will become the expanded departures lounge), and the installation of the hearing loop.
Airside, structural steel installed has been installed for a new covered walkway that will keep you out of the weather for longer when you transit between the terminal and your aircraft.
Newcastle Airport’s terminal expansion has changed the Airport not only for our passengers, but also for Airport workers.
As part of the Stage 1 extension to the Airport, a new ‘baggage break down area’ was created. This is the behind-the-scenes area that baggage handlers use to put your luggage from their trolleys and onto the baggage carousels.
This new area has meant that the old baggage breakdown area can become part of the new, bigger, departures lounge. Windows in the old baggage breakdown area have been installed this week (see image above).
Meanwhile, at the front of the terminal, cladding of the new walls at is now 80% complete and the footpath in front of this is finished.
In the past week, demolition of the old Sports Bar, Hungry Jacks, and the baggage reclaim area was finished. Refurbishment works in this section is now ready to start.
The image below shows the view from where the car park payment machines were, looking back towards the old Sports Bar and Hungry Jacks.
Work on the new arrivals hall has well and truly finished, this new section of terminal has now been in operation for almost a month. The sounds of drills and hammers can still be heard on the airport site as construction works continue in the old arrivals hall.
Hoarding has been erected along the departure lounge and access beyond this point to the old arrivals hall is no longer possible. This means anyone wanting departures, ie check-in, security screening, and the departure lounge, must use the departure access doors to the west of the terminal building. While anyone meeting or greeting arriving passengers now can only access the arrivals hall by using the arrivals doors towards the east of the terminal building.
The section in between arrivals and departures has been hoarded off. The old arrivals hall, Sports Bar, and Hungry Jacks have been demolished in preparation for full refurbishment and new food, beverage, and retail outlets.
As shown in the image above, works are also underway on an extension to the existing terminal building across from the Gold Card Park. Precast concrete walls have been erected along the footpath and the installation of cladding is ongoing.
The new arrivals hall has been given a work-out this week with almost 1,600 passengers using the new facilities each day since the official opening last Tuesday.
Stage 2 of the redevelopment is now in full swing with hoarding installed to barricade off the demolition of the old arrivals hall, Sportsbar, and Hungry Jacks.
This has split the terminal in two (arrivals and departures) and passengers can no longer transit between the two sections.
The car park payment machines, rental cars, and information desk are now located in the new arrivals hall.
The AirBus stop has also been relocated to in front of the arrivals hall.
Stage 2 is expected to be completed by the year.
See pictures below for a glimpse of what's going on behind the hoarding:
Today a major milestone was achieved in Newcastle Airport’s terminal expansion project.
Completion of Stage 1 of the project was recognised with a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon by Minister for Planning and Environment and Minister for Women, Pru Goward.
This stage has been completed on schedule and comprises a 2,600m2 extension to the existing terminal building. It has created a new arrivals hall and provides a dedicated area for permanent customs, immigration, and quarantine facilities, in readiness for potential future international services.
The formal completion of Stage 1 means that Newcastle Airport is able to discuss future direct international services to and from Newcastle without infrastructure being a barrier.
At the opening, Newcastle Airport’s CEO, Paul Hughes said “International services aren’t a switch that we can simply turn on, but when we’re in discussions with airlines regarding introducing these services, our lack of international processing facilities will no longer be a barrier for entry into the Newcastle market.
“We’re having positive discussions with a number of airlines, however as they own the aircraft, they ultimately decide where they fly to. But, with this new arrivals hall, we are now ready and able, and most definitely willing.”
Stage 2 of the redevelopment has commenced this week and involves a full refurbishment of the existing terminal which will become dedicated to check-in and an expansive departure lounge.
This week travellers had their first look at the terminal expansion without having to peek through the hoarding. The construction fencing at the front of the terminal has come down, to reveal the fresh new façade of the terminal expansion.
Workers are currently on site to install the external signage, which in the preparation phase somewhat resembled alphabet soup.
When complete, the signage will be illuminated, providing a bright welcome to the Airport.
Also this week, the information services desk, baggage carousel, car park payment machines, and hire car desks were relocated. When visiting the Newcastle, please note the new way-finding signage that will help you locate these services.
Newcastle Airport’s terminal expansion is rapidly coming to the end of Stage 1. This is the stage where the exterior of the airport received a face-lift and an extension was built on the eastern end of the existing terminal building.
When open, the Stage 1 extension will become the arrivals hall and also house permanent customs, quarantine, and immigration facilities.
This week we have said a temporary goodbye to one of our baggage carousels; it is being relocated in to the extension in preparation for the opening of the new arrivals hall this month.
The relocation of the baggage carousel also marks the start of Stage 2. During this stage, the entire terminal as you know it today will be completely refurbished to become check-in and departures.
We look forward to giving you more retail and food options in the future and importantly, more space for a comfortable wait for your flight.
Excitement is building as stage one of the terminal expansion is almost complete. So far, we’re on track to open the extension in Autumn.
In the past week, all internal ceilings have been painted and painting of the walls has reached the half way mark.
To assist our hearing impaired customers, our hearing loop has been continued into the extension. The hearing loop is designed to allow persons fitted with a hearing aid to be able to clearly hear announcements made within the terminal. When the wiring for the hearing loop has been laid, the terminal will be ready for the carpet tiles to be laid.
The new toilet amenities are progressing, with the toilets and basins being installed this past week.
Outside, asphalt to the baggage breakdown area has been laid.
The next few weeks will see the finishing touches being completed on the inside of the terminal extension ready for it to open to the public in autumn.
All external glazing has been installed and the asphalting of the baggage breakdown area – the area where your luggage is moved from the aircraft to the terminal – was completed on Friday 23 January.
Work has now started on the existing terminal building with the removal of the awnings and concrete slabs outside arrivals. These works are for the extension of the building which will be completed in Stage 2 of the terminal expansion.
Photo: The arrivals end of the terminal where the external awnings have been removed.
Newcastle Airport’s terminal expansion is on schedule, the extension to the east of the existing terminal is expected to be operational by autumn 2015.
Works planned for this week include:
Lighting will be installed in the terminal this week.
The view of the eastern end of the terminal extension.
This week work has continued with the installation of plasterboard linings on the internal walls of the terminal expansion. Painting is due to start next week.
Tiling to the new amenities has started, and the majority of the external windows have been installed.
Asphalting of the baggage breakdown area will also take place this week.
The construction team has strapped on their collective hard hats, pulled on their boots, and is back on the work site of Newcastle Airport’s terminal expansion this week.
The New Year marked the six-month point from when construction began in July 2014; it’s hard to believe so much has taken place in such a short timeframe.
The terminal expansion is running to schedule and it is expected that the extension will be open to the public by the end of the first quarter of 2015.
This week painting of the façade has been completed, allowing for the installation of a new covered walkway to take place.
This is the last official terminal expansion weekly update for 2014, as the builders wrap up for the year on Friday. So, instead of us listing a whole heap of project achievements, we thought we’d show you in this 105 second video.
Some key times to note:
Activity on the terminal expansion is ramping up to achieve as much as possible before the Christmas Shutdown.
Works underway this week include:
Inside, the extension is really starting to take shape and we’re on track for the extension to be complete and open in the first quarter of 2015. Then, the builders will move into the existing terminal for the full refurbishment.
The terminal expansion has had upwards of 100 workers on site each day as the contractors focus on installing the internal walls and services, such as plumbing and electrical work.
Outside the building, the footpath at covered walkway concrete path has been poured and the façade cladding continues on the external walls.
It’s also been a big week for apron (tarmac) operations as works started on the rehabilitation of some of the aircraft parking bays, and correcting ground levels on the tarmac to match the new terminal.
The Newcastle Airport terminal expansion is starting to take shape. The initial architect drawings, released earlier this year, are no longer an artistic impression of what the Airport will look like; it is actually what the building is starting to resemble.
The contractors have spent the past week installing the concrete cladding on the new terminal exterior:
Other works include:
A milestone for Newcastle Airport’s expansion was reached this week with the pouring of the concrete slab on the ground floor.
This will now allow the builders to start building the internal walls, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical services.
New hoarding was erected inside the current arrivals hall which will allow the new IT room that will service the new section of the terminal to be built. This hoarding is where arrivals gate 2 was once located and will be in place until the new section of the terminal is finished and the builders move into the existing terminal to begin refurbishing the existing terminal.
The roof framing has been completed ready for the roof, gutter, and flushing installation to start this week.
The shipping container hoarding from the front of the terminal has been removed and replaced with a temporary fence.
One lane of traffic along with the existing footpath has been closed. Pedestrians now follow a new path outlined by barriers; unfortunately the new path is not covered and we apologise for this inconvenience.
These changes will remain in effect until the end of 2014 to allow for the façade and covered walkway, cladding, painting, and footpaths of the new building to be completed.
Works are also continuing on the ground ready for the first slab concrete pour this week.
Below is a sneak peek of the inside of the construction. To give you perspective, the teal-coloured sign on the left hand side is where the Arrivals 2 gate once was: