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Western Sydney’s ‘high-performance glass’ will cool terminal

written by Hannah Dowling | June 5, 2021

Western Sydney Airport’s new terminal will feature “high-performance glass” and a “climate-responsive façade” to keep the building cool and reduce energy consumption.

The news comes as the business unveiled its final working designs for the airport, which will also boast gardens filled with local native plants, and outdoor areas large enough to accommodate festivals.

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Chief executive Simon Hickey said, “This will be Australia’s best airport terminal, unlike anything seen before in this country. It sets a new benchmark for what Australians will expect when they fly.”

While remaining fairly consistent with the initial concept designs released more than two years ago, the final terminal design has been compiled to best represent and accommodate the unique regional identity of Western Sydney, according to the airport’s owners.

Hickey said the designs, completed by Australian-founded company Multiplex, were largely inspired by the natural beauty of Australia and the region’s rich Aboriginal heritage, and had sustainability in mind as well.

He said every aspect of the airport’s final design has been tailored to be among the world’s greatest, and the layout makes it easy to navigate for a “stress-free airport experience”.

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“Flying from Western Sydney International will be fast, easy and seamless,” he added.

“For airlines, our terminal will be all about operational efficiency and reliability, providing an environment where passengers arrive at the aircraft feeling relaxed and ready to fly.”

The airport’s chief executive highlighted the particular importance and care that was given to the terminal’s design, achieved in consultation with local Aboriginal communities, to acknowledge the significance of the region’s Indigenous roots.

“A connection to Country will be reflected across both the departures and arrivals, ensuring the terminal has an authentic sense of place in Dharug country,” Hickey said.

The airport’s workings utilise passive solar design principles, to benefit both sustainability efforts and climate control in Australia’s harsh weather.

“A climate responsive façade with ample shading and high-performance glass will ensure less energy is needed to keep the terminal at a comfortable temperature all year round,” Hickey said.

Construction of the new airport terminal is due to begin at the end of this year, with the airport currently on track to begin welcoming international and domestic passenger services, as well as cargo operations, by late 2026.

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