International passengers are now greeted with a vibrant new arrivals forecourt, which showcases the natural beauty Sydney is known for.
The redevelopment of the T1 international terminal forecourt is part of Sydney Airport’s 2039 Masterplan, which is focused on delivering a better experience for customers.
Construction began in November 2021, with sustainable building materials used and native trees, plants, ground covers and grasses selected, with many species endemic to the local area.
The project included:
- 12,200+ native plants (45 different species)
- 3,000+ sqm of new green space
- 10,000 sqm of new paving
- 8,500 sqm of new roof sheeting
- 160+ new LED lights
- 31 new seating benches, 8 tables and 32 chairs
The forecourt was officially opened in July 2023, by NSW Minister for Jobs and Tourism, The Hon. John Graham, MLC, who described it as “the front door to Australia for millions of visitors.”
Connecting to our local community
First Nations perspectives have been embedded throughout the design, construction and maintenance of the T1 International arrivals forecourt.
The gardens were planted, and continue to be cared for, by Wildflower Gardens for Good, an Indigenous-led not-for-profit organisation.
Sydney Airport is also proud to celebrate the language spoken by the Traditional Owners of Coastal Sydney, collaborating with our long-standing partner, the Gujaga Foundation, who provided Dharawal Language advice.
T1 International arrivals forecourt redevelopment partnerships
- Forecourt architect – Hassell
- Building contractor – Ford Civil
- Civil and services design - ARUP
- Landscape contractors – Open Life Designs
- Landscapers/ongoing grounds maintenance – Wildflower Gardens for Good
- Identification of appropriate plants - Jiwah
- Dharawal language advice– Gujaga Foundation
- Wayfinding and signage – Maynard