Christchurch Integrated Airport Terminal

Chch Airport
Chch Airport

The award winning Christchurch International Airport provides passengers with an environment that is simple to use and easy to navigate.

The award winning Christchurch International Airport provides passengers with an environment that is simple to use and easy to navigate.

This project involved the demolition of the existing 1960s domestic terminal and the creation of a new state-of-the-art facility that provides Christchurch International Airport Limited with facilities of an international standard to service the growing air travel market within New Zealand. 

The development consists of the new integrated terminal, offices, a multi-storey car park, surface car parking with a landscape plaza and airside works.

Responding to the latest developments in air travel, the new terminal is unique in a number of ways. Its new check-in hall is designed to accommodate innovative self service kiosks and compact check-in desks facilitating faster passenger processing. Traditionally separate airside departure lounges have been centralised to maximize flexibility, improve wayfinding and maximize space utilisation. The landside approach is across an innovative traffic free plaza.

The new building brings together the check-in facilities of both Domestic and International operations, maximizing the use of the counter infrastructure. The baggage system is also combined saving space and making trans-shipping easier. Swing gates help with flexibility - enabling certain gates to be used either as Domestic or International configuration - some flights can arrive internationally and carry on domestically on the same gate. 

The existing international terminal was substantially re-modelled including an extra reclaim belt, re-configuration of customs and MAF services to current standards through stakeholder consultation, arrivals hall remodelling and changes to the airside / landside boundary configuration.

The building provides a ‘Gateway’ to the terminal and a focal point for the Terminal Precinct area. Passengers are able to check-in, drop off luggage, and continue to the departure area where they have the choice of international, domestic or regional flights from one landside lounge area - maximising space utilisation. 

From inception, the project was committed to significant ESD initiative being employed in the design of the complex facility. The biggest contributor to future carbon saving is the use of the artesian layer under the Canterbury Plains which has a 5± degree difference in winter or summer. The project utilises this difference by tapping into this layer with a closed loop heat exchange removing the need for traditional chiller technology. 

Warren and Mahoney and HASSELL (Australia) in association.

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