Benoy, the international, award-winning firm of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers, is excited to announce its Global Operations Director Tom Cartledge has recently hosted the Mayor of London Boris Johnson on a visit to the firm’s landmark aviation project, Changi Airport Terminal 4 (T4). Also present were senior management of Changi Airport Group, the airport’s operator.
As part of a high level, British delegation to Singapore, 27 November to 2 December, the Mayor visited the construction site of Changi Airport’s future T4 on 27 November, their first day in the region. Designed by Benoy, T4 will revolutionise air travel by easing access, raising amenity standards and improving passenger movement.
Aviation, a long time passion for the Mayor, is a promising new sector for Benoy. Benoy Global Design Director Simon Bee spoke of the importance of creating “airports which incorporate the necessities of a mixed-use scheme”. “This is what airports represent these days; a development that is aviation-led, but also commercial, retail, leisure and more,” said Simon.
“T4 focuses on the passenger as a consumer, and we believe in designing schemes which address the most basic needs of the visitor but also meet their highest possible expectations.”
The future terminal will be a 195,000m2 building designed to be visually impressive whilst physically accommodating of the 16 million new passengers per annum that it will bring through Changi. The ‘Central Galleria’ will be the focal point of the terminal, a place for people connecting the departure, check-in, arrival and transit areas.
Adding to the aviation offer of Singapore and Benoy’s portfolio is Project Jewel at Changi Airport. Project Jewel is designed by a consortium of consultants comprising Benoy, Safdie Architects and RSP. When it opens in 2018, the development will strengthen the Changi air hub and boost Singapore’s appeal as a stopover point for travellers. Project Jewel will offer a range of facilities for airport operations, indoor gardens and leisure attractions, retail offerings and hotel facilities, all under one roof.
Tom Cartledge spoke of the visit to Changi as an opportunity to showcase Benoy’s living portfolio which highlights the strength of business connections between the United Kingdom and the ASEAN region.
“There is an undeniable East-West connection between London and the rest of the world. Our studios in Asia work seamlessly with the UK-based studios to design schemes in both regions as we collaborate with global developers investing across the world,” Tom said.
Benoy Singapore, alongside Benoy Hong Kong, is involved in the delivery of both the T4 and Project Jewel developments. Opened in 2008, the studio has recently doubled in size due to new appointments in Singapore and throughout the rest of ASEAN. With landmark developments such as ION Orchard and Westgate, Benoy Singapore is continuing the firm’s winning track record with exciting schemes across a multitude of sectors.
Changi Airport’s T4 broke ground in late 2013 and is expected to open its doors in 2017. Project Jewel will begin construction next month on the site of the former Terminal 1 car park.