HOK has been selected to design a regional transit centre and passenger processing facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Canada.

The first phase of the new facility is expected to be in place by the mid-2020s.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) operates and manages Toronto Pearson International Airport, and chose HOK to carry out the work.

As part of the work, HOK is responsible for all phases of the development of future airport facilities to meet projected passenger growth.

The development is set to offer appropriate passenger facilities and reduce road congestion in the region.

“This new facility will not only help to welcome visitors from all over the world to Canada, it will also seamlessly connect them to towns and cities throughout southern Ontario.”

Toronto Pearson is set to handle as many as 85 million passengers annually by 2037, as forecast by the GTAA. The operator is beginning the planning of the new facility to support growth.

GTAA president and CEO Howard Eng said: “We’re pleased to be working with HOK on the design for a new airport passenger processing facility that will enhance the passenger experience.

“This new facility will not only help to welcome visitors from all over the world to Canada, it will also seamlessly connect them to towns and cities throughout southern Ontario.”

The design team includes WSP Engineers and Weston Williamson+Partners and is led by HOK.

Work will involve consultation with different stakeholder groups, including airport partners, the government and local community members.

HOK Aviation + Transportation director Robert Chicas said: “This project will be transformational for Toronto Pearson by redefining the ‘front door’ of the airport, optimising terminal real estate, positioning the airport for the future and improving the passenger experience for millions of travellers.”