Over the next 20 years, the demand for passenger aviation services in Sydney is expected to more than double, from 40 to 87 million passengers per annum.
To remain an international commercial and financial centre and keep its place as Australia’s foremost tourist destination, Sydney must maintain access to air services for passenger travel and high-value freight. Western Sydney International Airport will guarantee this access.
One of Australia's most significant infrastructure projects, the international, domestic and freight airport is under construction and will open in 2026.
The airport is located about 50 kilometres from Sydney’s central business district and is at the centre of planning for the Western Parkland City. It will be close to key transport corridors, including the Westlink M7 Motorway, the future M12 Motorway and a new metro rail link.
Western Sydney International Airport will initially deliver capacity for 10 million passengers a year and will be designed to accommodate future staged development in line with passenger demand. Around 2050, when annual passenger demand approaches 40 million passengers, a second parallel runway would be constructed. By the 2060s, the is forecast to service about 82 million passengers per year.
The greenfield development of Western Sydney International Airport provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to design, build and operate a world-class airport that supports jobs and promotes economic growth in Western Sydney.
In August 2017, the Australian Government established Western Sydney Airport (WSA) to deliver and operate Sydney’s new international airport. WSA’s objectives for the airport are:
- improving access to aviation services in Western Sydney;
- resolving the long-term aviation capacity issue in the Sydney basin;
- maximising the value of a Western Sydney International Airport as a national asset;
- optimising the benefit of the airport on employment and investment in Western Sydney;
- effectively integrating with new and existing initiatives in the Western Sydney area; and
- operating on commercially sound principles, having regard to the Australian Government's intention to preserve its options with respect to ownership and governance arrangements.
The scope of works for the Stage 1 development will generally include the investigation, design, construction and commissioning of:
- bulk earthworks to move and redistribute 22 million cubic metres of earth on the Badgerys Creek site;
- a single 3.7-kilometre runway;
- aprons, taxiways and other airside pavements;
- a multi-user terminal with capacity to handle 10 million passengers a year;
- airport and aviation support facilities;
- drainage and utilities infrastructure; and
- car parking, on-site roads and other landside facilities.
Western Sydney Airport has developed a delivery approach that will ensure that Sydney’s new international airport is delivered to a high standard, within appropriate timeframes, and achieves the best outcomes for Western Sydney.
Work on the airport site can be divided into two development phases, enabling activities which include further site investigations and an early earthworks package, and the main airport works.
There will be three primary packages of work that constitute the main airport works program.
Package 1 – Bulk earthworks and airside civil works which will include:
- Decontamination, bulk earthworks and trunk drainage
- Airside runway, taxiways and associated pavements
- Security fencing
- Utilities infrastructure
Package 2 – Terminal building and precinct
Package 3 – Landside buildings, car parking, ground transport and utilities
A number of smaller specialty works and services packages for services such as IT, security and baggage handling systems will be issued for tender separately and integrate with the main works.
WSA separately tendered for a Delivery Partner and Project Manager (Definition).
Early earthworks commenced onsite in September 2018 with construction of the first main airport works package (Bulk Earthworks and Airside Civil Works) expected to commence in the second half of 2019.
Further information on the project is available at www.wsaco.com.au.
WSA seeks registration of general interest from suppliers and contractors at all levels of project delivery. All registrations are to be submitted via ICN. Companies that have registered will be notified of project updates when available.