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Work on Singapore’s Changi airport gets underway | 12 December 2014

Work on Singapore’s Changi airport gets underway | 12 December 2014

Changi airport’s innovative ‘Jewel’ project has begun, with expansion to Terminal 1 just one of the vast array of upcoming changes.

The project, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, is expected to cost $1.7 billion, with a planned completion date for the end of 2018.

The inspirational design will feature a 40-metre high waterfall, which will cascade through the glass and steel domed roof, delighting travellers with a light and sound show. Overlooked by restaurant terraces, the new airport will combine retail, leisure and entertainment facilities, aiming to blend urban and natural elements.

The airport will feature a five-storey indoor garden, which will create public space for local residents as well as those just passing through. Dubbed ‘Forest Valley’ the landscaping will include walking trails for visitors, notes dezeen.com.

Safdie, who also designed Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands hotel development, intends this project to redefine and reinvent the concept of an airport. He says: “The new paradigm represented by Jewel Changi Airport is to create a diverse and meaningful meeting place that serves as a gateway to the city and country, complementing commerce and services with attractions and gardens for passengers, airport employees, and the city at large.”

The structure is being built in front of the current terminal, in place of an open-air car park, amounting to 134,000 square metres in all, reports straitstimes.com. Almost 70 per cent of this gross floor space will be set aside for retail, with space also reserved for a 130-room hotel.

Upgrading the terminal will mean an expanded arrival hall and baggage claim area, plus a revamped check in section. Ground transport facilities will also be improved, making pick up and drop off much easier for passengers and drivers alike.

At the groundbreaking ceremony last week,  Changi Airport Group’s chief executive officer, Lee Seow Hiang, who is also chairman of Jewel Changi Airport development, said: “An important hallmark of Changi Airport’s growth over the past thirty-odd years has been continual change and innovation. In charting the airport’s future, this spirit continues to underpin our strategy.

“Faced with intensifying competition, we challenged ourselves to rethink what an airport can be – not just as a gateway for flights but as a tourism destination on its own.”

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