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Cockpit view as new airport begins to spread its wings

The Western Sydney Airport visitor centre.
The Western Sydney Airport visitor centre.

Aviation enthusiasts will be able to explore Western Sydney Airport from today, seven years before it opens, with the help of augmented reality technology at a new visitor centre.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge will officially open the centre today at Luddenham, providing a front-row seat for the airport construction as well as a digitally enhanced walk-through of the terminal and runway.

Watpac constructed the centre, which features floor-to-ceiling glass panels for unobstructed views of the building process.

Activity on site will start to increase in the next six months following the awarding of the major earthworks contract to Lend Lease and CPB Contractors. The companies are already undertaking initial earthworks on site involving the removal of 1.5 million cubic metres of earth.

Concept image of the outside of the Western Sydney Airport visitor centre.
Concept image of the outside of the Western Sydney Airport visitor centre.

By the end of the process, 25 million cubic metres of earth will have been moved around the site, to allow for construction of the runway and the integrated domestic and international terminal.

“Visitors to the site often comment about the immense scale of work under way but I tell them this is nothing compared to the major earthworks phase,” Western Sydney Airport chief executive Graham Millett said.

At least 30 per cent of the 11,000 jobs during the construction stage would go to western Sydney locals, he said, with that figure increasing to 50 per cent when the airport opened.

In addition, a fifth of all jobs had been earmarked for apprentices, trainees and other learner workers.

The winning architectural design for the $5.3 billion airport will be announced by the end of the year and a builder chosen by 2021, with the opening date set down for December 2026.



Concept image of the outside of the Western Sydney Airport visitor centre.


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