In late 2020 Peddlethorp was invited by Auckland International Airport to develop a concept for a new world class multi-storey Transport Hub facility. The development vision was to transform how travellers arrive and depart from the airport’s main terminal while paving the way for future mass rapid transit delivering passengers direct to the airport precinct.


Auckland International Airport Limited


Māngere, Auckland

Here Peddlethorp’s design by research approach was applied towards clarifying a highly complex brief. Workshops with client and consultant teams identified key project drivers along with a review of previous schemes for the site. Outcomes were overlaid with the Airport’s design standards and core values in consolidating a revised set of requirements.

Beyond developing initial bulk and location options we supported the Airport in understanding the wider impact of alternative schemes on essential operations. This included assessing commercial vehicle movements on the inner terminal road and pedestrian movements across the precinct with staged delivery studies further informing strategic decision making.

User experiences were carefully considered from initial approach through pick up and drop off (PUDO), public spaces and plaza environments, including catering for valet, short and long stay visitor requirements.

Comprising the footprint of the former International Terminal carpark (Carpark A) the Transport Hub will include multi-level office space housing the Airport Operations Centre (AOC) and airline tenancies along with a 2,500-space carpark building across 75,000m2 of built area.

Among New Zealand’s earliest adopters of sustainability principles, the Airport’s brief called for the office spaces to achieve a 5 Green Star rating. The carpark featuring a 14000m2 roof covered in photovoltaic panels, will be a New Zealand first – designed in accordance with Parksmart Gold – the only global accreditation programme recognising high performance, sustainable garage facilities.

The Hub will become a central node of movement for both international and domestic travellers with the provision for a future train station development to connect to the Auckland light rail network.

Extensive research was carried out into the history of the site with work completed alongside our in-house Cultural Design Advisor to interpret the Airport’s cultural framework and incorporate appropriate principles into the design. The resulting narrative “People will keep moving but the land will remain” references Māori creation mythology.

The completion of this critical piece of infrastructure will enable the closing of the international terminal road for the construction of a combined international and domestic terminal in the near future.