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Sydney Airport recently unveiled their new lifestyle precinct at Domestic Terminal 2 (T2) featuring new brands, food and drink concepts hand-picked to create a fresh, relaxing pre and post-flight experience.

In addition to the retail precinct, a new loading bay was also completed. This is all part of the airport’s approach to sustainability and incorporates planning and design for future expansion.

Design Inc was the contracted architect for the first stage of T2 upgrades. Senior Associate Architect Voytek Trzebiatowski, says his team reached to European thinking for inspiration where pre-made insulated panels were commonly used.

“The mindset of our team was not designing something that was typically Australian, but to think outside the box,” says Voytek.

The loading bay area was the first stage, and although designed as a temporary building, it could be used for more than ten years and was required to perform, be simple, and meet stringent requirements in aviation.

Voytek says when searching for the right supplier they had limited knowledge of panel product suppliers but in the end, choosing ASKIN Performance Panels was ‘a no brainer’.

Design Inc Architects required performance certificates, particularly a non-combustibility certificate, and competitors of ASKIN were unable to provide this, ‘in the time frame they needed’.

“The team at ASKIN were responsive and helpful with supplying performance certificates and design solutions. The performance of the ASKIN panel product stood out compared to other products on the market and looked good.  For us, it was a no brainer.”

ASKIN Panel was used extensively in the loading dock. Voytek explains the panel is pretty much the entire building, minus the roof, and a small area on the wall.

The second part of the T2 upgrades was the retail expansion for travelling aviation passengers.

This part of the project was driven by an interior design company who created the look and feel for Sydney Airport. The design included a mezzanine, rotunda, a round skylight, with the retail precinct located around this.

Voytek explains that the interior design company came up with a range of difficulties for architects, that they managed to overcome.

“This was due to the shape and how it would intersect with each other,” he says.

The space included a mezzanine floor, with high-level office space, overlooking the airfield.

“The difficulty of the shape was challenging as it was round, and initially we thought we would make those panels curved to some extent. We ended up with that wall being fully faceted, and the steelwork was slightly tweaked to allow for the curved looking shapes. I think it was a success”, Voytek says.

To be fully compliant to the building code, an external temporary wall that was non-combustible and had thermal performance to meet Section J was required. Although not part of the initial scope of works, ASKIN panel was used as exterior partition/hoarding while construction took place.

When asked about the final results Voytek says  that “although cautious to begin the final feedback was positive and the final look is great”.

Case Study

Sydney Airport Terminal 2 Upgrade


Sydney Airport Terminal 2

Built Construction
Core: Volcore
  • Flat
  • COLORBOND® Metallic Citi
  • COLORBOND® Permagard® Surfmist®
  • Design and drafting
  • Specification
  • Engineering
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing

The Project

Sydney Airport required renovations to the existing Terminal 2 (T2). The renovations were designed to expand the space, upgrade finishes and to make the terminal lighter, brighter and better for travellers.

The Solutions

The architect DesignINC designed the upgrades for T2 and worked with the ASKIN team who were able to provide specification and engineering services as well as being able to undertake the installation.

A building product for the external walls and roofing of the terminal was required that had strong thermal and fire performing qualities. ASKIN Volcore was selected as the best solution due to its non-combustible properties, thermal performance and the ability to meet relevant building codes and aesthetic requirements.

XFLAM Interior panel was selected for retail shop walls within the terminal due to its fire-performance, ease to install and the contemporary look it provided.

ASKIN’s installation team delivered a quality build, completing the loading dock, roofing, retail walls and storage faciliites, on time and on budget.

Overall, ASKIN panel was easy to install and reduced a substantial amount of secondary steel that is typically used in traditional built up systems. The standout benefits were speed of build and value for money for both the builder and end user.

The Results

Sydney Airport’s new T2 has a new, contemporary layout delivering a warm and relaxing environment with increased seating capacity to cater for the millions of passengers who travel through the airport each year.