Changi reveals Project Jewel construction ‘75% complete’

By Andrew Pentol |

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Singapore Changi Airport’s ‘Jewel’ complex is on track to open in 2019.

Construction of Singapore Changi Airport’s ‘Jewel’ complex is 75% complete and on track to open in 2019. Work on its glass and steel façade is progressing well.

The entire Jewel facade is made up of more than 9,000 pieces of specially manufactured glass, close to 18,000 pieces of steel beams and over 6,000 steel nodes.

The complexity of the façade installation is due to the number of components, custom- made glass panels and steel nodes, with no single piece having the same dimensions and specifications. The entire façade will weigh more than 6,000 tonnes.

Jewel Changi Airport, the joint-venture between Changi Airport Group and CapitaLand, one of Asia’s largest real estate companies said: “Given the unique measurements of each glass panel, the installation process warrants precise coordination to ensure that each panel is fitted into the correct ‘grid’ placement that it is planned for.

“Meticulous execution is also required as the glass panels are transported from the ground level to the top of the façade for the roof installation.

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The mixed-use facility will connect Terminal 1’s Arrivals Hall to Terminals 2 and 3 via pedestrian bridges.

SNEAK PREVIEW

Members of the public had the opportunity had the opportunity to gain a sneak preview of ‘Jewel’ at the Singapore Airshow in February. A scaled model of the multi-million dollar facility was displayed at Changi Airport’s booth during the event.

A project that has been in development for over five years [TRBusiness first reported on plans for Jewel in 2013] the vast mixed-use facility will connect Terminal 1’s Arrivals Hall to Terminals 2 and 3 via pedestrian bridges.

Key features of the architectural marvel include a 40-metre high ‘Rain Vortex’ waterfall, a five-storey ‘Forest Valley’ housing one of the most extensive plant collections in Singapore, plus a ‘Canopy Park’ boasting gardens, walking trails and dining outlets.

The structure is spread over 10-storeys (five above ground; five basement) and occupies a total gross floor area of approximately 134,000sq m, within which it will house 9,000sq m of retail space and approximately 300 tenants.

Further details on the retail tenancy period will be announced closer to the opening.

Changi Airport Group is headline sponsor for the inaugural consumer-voted Travel Retail Awards to be announced in Singapore on 7 May.

 

 

 

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