Sydney International Airport Expansion


Bovis Lend Lease procured Robert Bird Group’s fast-track, proven performance experience for this strategic infrastructure project to increase Sydney Airport’s capacity for the 2000 Olympic Games.

The project, which had a construction cost of $630-million, consisted of extending and refurbishing the existing terminal including arrivals, departures and over 12 aerobridges whilst ensuring the continual operation of Australia’s largest gateway, which handles up to 30,000 users per day.

This project was widely applauded as a success due to its unblemished operations through the Olympic Games, where passenger throughput reached approximately 7,000 passengers per hour.

Significant and interesting aspects of the project and Robert Bird Group’s role include:

  • Construction of new buildings over the existing rail tunnel, which required large-span transfer structures.
  • Strengthening and underpinning of the existing terminal piers for the new basement baggage hall.
  • Ensuring the operational requirements of the existing airport were maintained during the project, through innovative staging of construction.
  • Robert Bird Group developed a composite steel and concrete structural scheme that minimised on site labor, reducing craneage, construction and installation time.

Project Value:
$630 million
Year Completed:
Bovis Lend Lease
Woodhead International
Robert Bird Group Services:
Structural Engineering

Design Inc.
Robert Bird Group Services:
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering

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Robert Bird Group provide outstanding innovative and buildable structural design solutions in all sectors across the globe.


Robert Bird Group’s Civil Engineers provide engineering design services from concept and planning through detailed design on to construction and maintenance, with the potential for ongoing management and advice for the operating life of a project.


Future growth forecasts for aviation passenger travel are staggering, with the IATA predicting that global passenger numbers will double from 2015 to 2035.

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