3 teams shortlisted for design of Changi Airport's Terminal 5

An aerial view of the eastern part of Singapore, where Changi Terminal 5 will be constructed. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Changi Airport Group has shortlisted three consortia to battle it out for the right to design the future Terminal 5.

The teams for one of the most coveted architectural jobs in the industry are Grimshaw Architects LLP, in partnership with DP Architects; a consortium led by KPF Associates, in partnership with Heatherwick Studio, James Corner Field Operations, Architects 61 and Lead 8; and a consortium led by Safdie Architects, in partnership with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Surbana Jurong and RSP Architects.

The Straits Times had first reported the development in January, with names of some of the shortlisted firms.

Changi Airport Group said on Wednesday (March 8) that about 140 local and international architectural firms attended a briefing in May last year on the T5 project.

Following an open pre-qualification exercise which closed in September 2016, 12 submissions were received.

From these, the three consortia were shortlisted based on a range of factors including their vision and design themes for the terminal, track record on previous airport terminal projects, the team composition and experience of its key personnel, as well as their proposed approach for the delivery of the project.

Mr Yam Kum Weng, CAG's executive vice-president for Airport Development said: "The evaluation team was impressed with the high quality of the submissions from the pre-qualification exercise, a reflection of the strong experience and track record of the architects participating in the T5 project. We thank the many firms for their interest and participation in this project".

Over the next few months, Changi will work with the shortlisted consortia, sharing with them the airport's vision for T5, as well as key planning parameters and design guidelines as they prepare their proposals for the tender.

The plan is to conclude the selection process and appoint the Master Architect Consortium by early 2018.

Separately, CAG has also shortlisted four consortia for the provision of civil consultancy services, for the design of infrastructure at the landside and airside areas outside of the T5 buildings.

These include taxiways, aircraft parking stands, roadways and drainage systems, as well as the connections for utilities such as power, water, gas and telecommunications to the T5 buildings.

The shortlisted firms/teams are AECOM Singapore; Jacobs International Consultants, in partnership with SAA Architects; a consortium led by Surbana Jurong, in partnership with Changi Airport Planners and Engineers, Mott MacDonald Singapore and Arup Singapore; and a consortium led by T.Y. Lin International (Singapore), in partnership with US-based T.Y. Lin International, Dar Al-Handasah Consultants and Architects Vista.

The appointed consortium will be responsible for the supervision and oversight of construction activities. The tender is expected to be launched by the middle of this year, with selection made by early 2018.

T5 is part of the Changi East project being undertaken to ensure that Changi Airport continues to have the capacity to meet growing passenger and airfreight traffic, and to consolidate Changi Airport's position as a premier global air hub.

The project includes the implementation of a three-runway system at Changi Airport, as well as the development of cargo complexes and other supporting aviation and ground transport infrastructure. The entire project is scheduled for completion in the late 2020s.

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