US-based infrastructure firm AECOM has secured a contract to provide detailed design consultancy services for Hong Kong International Airport’s (HKIA) new runway passenger building.

Under the deal, AECOM, along with its partners will research and conduct studies, which will include future trends in information technology and airport systems, as well as retail and advertising, in order to offer better passenger facilities at HKIA.

To be built under a HK$141.5bn ($18,243m) three-runway system (3RS) project, the new building will be HKIA’s third runway passenger building.

"The new building will be designed to provide an improved passenger experience and new retail offerings."

Featuring a floor area of 280,000m², the new building will be designed to provide an improved passenger experience and new retail offerings.

Initially, the third runway passenger building will feature 57 aircraft parking positions and will be able to handle 30 million passengers annually, together with the airport’s revamped Terminal 2.

Work on the new building has already begun and construction is scheduled to be completed by 2024.

AECOM Asia Pacific president Sean Chiao said: “The airport is an important symbol of any city, and we are extremely pleased to continue making the Hong Kong International Airport the pride of Hong Kong.

“We look forward to leveraging our connected expertise to deliver designs for this major project as well as the airport’s Terminal 2 Expansion for which we were awarded consultancy work earlier.”

HKIA noted that the new runway building will feature a courtyard at the centre with lush landscaping and will use natural light to create a better interior experience and views.

The use of natural light expects to reduce energy consumption and will increase the sustainability for the concourse of the airport.

Image: Rendering of the new runway passenger building at HKIA. Photo: courtesy of AECOM.