Brisbane Redevelopment Gains Momentum

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is calling for expressions of interest (EOIs) for a seven-year duty free contract at the International Terminal, as part of a major redevelopment planned for the coming years.
Duty free operators who wish to participate in the core Request for Proposal (RFP) process will be asked to qualify by providing the information requested in the EOI documentation, which will open on February 18 and close on March 1.  Respondents will be notified of the outcome in the first week of March and the RFB process will follow shortly after.  It is anticipated that this process will be complete by August.
BAC’s General Manager Terminal Retail and Commercial, Andrew Brodie, commented:  “It has been over 15 years since Brisbane Airport last offered the duty free concession to the market so this really is a unique long-term offer for the successful retailer.
“For the first time, Brisbane Airport will develop a walk-through departures store of approximately 1,600m2 and a walk-through arrivals store of approximately 800m2.”  He added:  “[This] will maximise dwell time and sales for retailers.”
BAC has also announced Richard and Spence Collaboration as the successful theming partner to transform the retail areas.  The collaboration includes Brisbane-based architectural company Richards and Spence and Art Consultants mc/k ART, along with creative agency Right Angle Studio from Melbourne.  Arkhefield, a Queensland-based architecture and interior design practice, will work with Richards and Spence as the lead consulting architectural firm on the project.
A critical role for the theming partners is to ensure the design creates a ‘live-able’ sense of place for Brisbane, with iconic features to be incorporated into every aspect of the terminal.  As well as walk-through tenancies, the retail environment will include central seating zones and speciality food and beverage opportunities.
Mr Brodie continued:  “The Richards and Spence Collaboration has taken our vision and produced a theme that will deliver a memorable and uniquely ‘Brisbane’ experience for travellers.”
BAC is expecting to release the design and construction EOI in the coming months.  Construction is due to start in early 2014, and be complete by mid-2015.
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