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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.

June 2014

During a visit to our region, the then-Minister for Planning and Environment, Pru Goward, formally announced Hansen Yuncken as the successful tenderer for build of the project. 


Left to right: Adam Towner from Hansen Yuncken, Minister Pru Goward, and Newcastle Airport’s then-CEO Paul Hughes.

July 2014

Passengers began to notice visible signs that the expansion was underway; a portion of the covered walkway was removed, the footpath at the front of Arrivals was widened, and hoarding was craned into place.

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.


August 2014

A new fence was erected to the east of the existing terminal building to enclose what is termed a ‘Special Event Zone’. This let the construction site operate without the restrictions it would have been under if it remained an ‘airside’ zone.

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:



September 2014

The first week of September was almost as wet as the month before, but the builders were able to work between downpours to keep the terminal expansion project on track. Can you believe the photos below were taken on the same day?


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’.


October 2014

Workers started at 5.30am on 1 October 2014 in preparation for 100 concrete trucks to unload more than 700 cubic metres of concrete.


With the roof slab poured and set, preparation work started on the ground floor slab within the extension.

November 2014

In November pre-cast concrete panels were craned into place form the external walls.


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.


December 2014

Activity ramped up to achieve as much as possible before the Christmas shutdown. Works included:
  • Painting the external wall cladding

  •  Installing the structural steel for new covered walkway (airside and landside)

January 2015

The contractors were back to work in early-January. Works focussed on completing the plasterboard walls within the terminal and asphalting the baggage break-down area (where luggage is delivered from the aircraft to the baggage carousels) outside the terminal. 


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.

February 2015

The start of February saw the relocation of the baggage carousels, one at a time, to the new arrivals hall which was officially opened on 24 February 2015.

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.



March 2015

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.


April 2015

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. 

May 2015

News Travels, Newcastle Airport’s brand new newsagent and specialty gift store, opened its doors to travellers on Saturday 16 May.


June 2015

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.

Cibo Café


Red Rooster and Epicure Kitchen


Security screening point relocation

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.


July 2015

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.

 
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