Port Lincoln Airport (PLA) is located adjacent the Lincoln Highway approximately 14 km from the centre of Port Lincoln. This project involved the design of a new airport terminal with a floor area of approximately 2300 sqm, catering for a peak demand of 260 patrons passing through at any one time.
The planning principles are to set up a central service core to allow for check-in, departure and arrival zones, car hire and café facilities adjacent each other to provide flexibility to expand in all directions. The PLA includes Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) initiatives, including natural light and ventilation, low water use amenities and an underground labyrinth system providing natural tempered air to the air conditioning system. The design philosophy is based around the simple, natural beauty of the Lower Eyre Peninsula Region, drawing on the undulating lines of the coast, sand dunes and agricultural plains. This is reflected in the curved exposed pavilion style roofline that stretches over the building.
GHD Woodhead designed and documented the PLA using groundbreaking Building Information Modelling (BIM), which offered the client an extraordinary view of the project at all stages of design. The new terminal is a landmark building for the region, designed to attract visitors and provide a welcoming environment for users. The terminal, which processes more than 4000 passengers each week, will deliver significant social and economic benefits to the Eyre Peninsula.
Construction of the AUD10 million facility was completed in 2013, and it officially opened on 29 January 2014.