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Singapore to open £956M Jewel airport complex

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Singapore’s £956M ($1.25bn) Jewel Changi Airport complex will open to the public on April 17, it has been revealed.

The unveiling of the complex, designed to reflect Singapore’s reputation as a “city in a garden”, has arrived five years after plans for it were first revealed.

The doughnut-shaped Jewel complex comprises connects three of Changi Airport’s four terminals.

Contained within the structure will also be the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, known as the Rain Vortex. It will stand at 40m high.

World-renowned architect Moshe Safdie designed the structure, which stretches more than 130,000m2. He was also the designer behind China’s “Horizontal Skyscraper” and Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands complex.

The Jewel will also include a four-story garden filled with walking trails among 21,832m2 of space dedicated to landscaping. Within the garden there will be 2,500 trees and 100,000 shrubs.

At present, Changi Airport is the world’s seventh busiest airport for international traffic. According to the airport’s figures, a record of 65.6M passengers passed through its four terminals in 2018.

Singapore transport secretary Lam Pin Min confimed that plans are also on track for other infrastructure developments at Changi, such as the construction of the future Terminal 5 at Changi East.

The new terminal is part of the larger Changi East development project that includes a three-runway system, as well as the development of cargo complexes and other supporting aviation and ground transport infrastructure.

Mott MacDonald and Arup both last year scooped major main civil works contracts for the Terminal 5 project.

The project will provide Changi Airport with additional capacity of up to 50M passengers a year in its initial phase and 100 more aircraft stands. When complete, it will be one of the largest terminals in the world.

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