Upgrading works for Changi’s oldest terminal
-Terminal 1 (T1) -
have been completed and a completion ceremony will take place on
18 July 2012.
Started in May 2008, the Sin$500 million T1
upgrading project has given the terminal a fresh and rejuvenated
look. Works were carried out to refurbish the terminal’s interior
design and finishes, as well as improve passenger flow at key
areas such as the Departure Check-in Hall, Departure Transit Mall
and Arrival Hall.
About 22,000 sqm have also been added to the
building, bringing the total floor space of T1 to about 308,000
sqm. The larger floor area provides for more spatial comfort,
better passenger flow, additional facilities and expanded retail
and F&B offerings.
Developed on the thematic concept of a ‘Tropical
City’, improvements to the façade and terminal facilities were done
with the aim of improving the airport experience for passengers.
Changes were made to the layout of the terminal,
with the introduction of better wayfinding elements. Added to
this, higher ceilings, improved lighting, wider thoroughfares and
thoughtful landscaping have all contributed to a high quality
experience that is synonymous with the Changi Experience.
A major challenge facing the project engineers
was to carry out the upgrading even as T1 remained operational.
This meant that works had to be done in phases during the
four-year period to accommodate the different operational
requirements of the terminal’s users. A total of 1.5 million
man-hours were utilised during the project, and at its peak, 385
workers could be found onsite at the terminal, toiling round the
clock to ensure that inconveniences were kept to a minimum.
A highlight of the revamped Departure Check-in
Hall is the addition of one of the world’s largest kinetic art sculptures.
Known as Kinetic Rain, this sculpture is made up of a total of
1,216 bronze droplets, moving in synchrony to a specially
choreographed dance every day.
To enable Changi Airport’s continued growth, CAG
is now embarking on plans to develop the existing open-air car park
fronting T1 into an aviation-related mixed-use complex, in a
project that will increase T1’s handling capacity by 14% to 24
million passengers per annum. As part of this project, some of the
public areas of the T1 building will be expanded, allowing for
more space for aviation facilities such as the baggage claim hall,
arrival hall, car park and taxi bays.
mixed-use complex will host facilities for travel segments such as
fly-cruise and fly-coach which are increasingly popular.
Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer,
Changi Airport Group said, “At CAG, we believe in the
importance of constant rejuvenation in order to keep the Changi
Experience refreshing. With this in mind, we are embarking on the implementation of various enhancements and improvements around
Changi Airport to meet the changing needs of our customers and
prepare for future growth. “While infrastructure upgrades are
important, we place a strong emphasis on ‘heartware’ too. With our
airport partners, our focus will also continue to be on ensuring
that the Changi Service DNA – personalised, stress-free and
positively surprising, is infused in the airport experience at
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