The Sydney Airport Terminal 1 redevelopment celebrates the joy of travel and articulates the importance of public spaces. GHD Woodhead was commissioned by Sydney Airport Corporation Limited to design the expansion of the departures level of the International Terminal encompasses a diverse range of activities within a main piazza ‘The Forum’ creating an integrated and dynamic passenger experience.

The Forum defines the travel experience as a civic place of dwelling, where travellers can pause and reflect on their journey. The creation of this space evolved into the heart of the terminal, producing a signature place of international quality which captures and embodies the light and spaciousness of Sydney. The International Terminal is a key infrastructure asset for Sydney and handles about 45 percent of all international passengers in Australia. The design form ensures all passengers departing Sydney leave with a positive impression and enjoy a uniquely Australian experience.

The project incorporated: upgrading and provision for more streamlined check-in facilities, single focused landside food court and retailing environment, single point of outbound immigration and security control, provision of premium check-in and processing facilities, single focused airside retailing environment featuring a naturally conditioned market-style ‘The Forum’ for passengers’ dwell time, and increased airline lounge facilities, all designed in line with the parallel programs allowing A380 aircraft provisions.

Environmental initiatives in the International Terminal include the use of recycled water for toilet flushing and in cooling towers, and energy-efficient displacement airconditioning in the Forum.