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Motts and Arup to engineer massive Changi Airport T5 development

Aerial view of jewel changi airport 3to2

Mott MacDonald and Arup will be the architect’s engineers for the massive Terminal 5 development at Changi Airport in Singapore, New Civil Engineer understands.

It is understood architect KPF in partnership with Heatherwick Studio has won the bid to design the mega terminal, which will be one of the largest in the world.

Jacobs was originally paired with KPF and Heatherwick Studio, but is understood to have been replaced by Mott MacDonald and Arup.

The winning architect beat two other shortlisted teams comprising a consortium led by Safdie Architects, in partnership with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Surbana Jurong and RSP Architects; and Grimshaw Architects LLP, in partnership with DP Architects.

Mott MacDonald was originally paired with losing bidder Safdie Architects. It is not known why the switch was made.

When complete, the new terminal T5 building will have the same capacity as the existing 1, 2 and 3 terminals and be able to handle up to 70M passengers a year. It is being built as part of the Changi East development which also includes building a third runway to increase capacity.

A second contract for the master civil tender for the terminal is yet to be announced. The winning bidder will design the infrastructure for both landside and airside areas outside of the T5 buildings. These will 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.

Four shortlisted bidders were announced in March last year. They 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;
  • A consortium led by T.Y. Lin International Pte. (Singapore), in partnership with US-based T.Y. Lin International, Dar Al-Handasah Consultants and Architects Vista.

Singaporean consultant Surbana Jurong bought Australian consultant Robert Bird Group in November last year.

Changi Airport, Mott MacDonald, Arup and Heatherwick Studio have all been contacted for a response.


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