Garden City Helicopters opened its new $25 million headquarters in 2018. The owners have created a unique, private air terminal with areas for medical staff, patients, private jet owners and pilots.
Situated at the southern end of the airport, the planning for the building took over 10 years to finalise. The new 9000-square-metre facility is the one of the largest of its kind in Australasia with construction taking a further two years.
Designed by Tim Lonsdale of Lonsdale Architectural this building combines warm birch finishes with sturdy concrete floors, lots of glass and angular feature walls. With an eye for detail the building has been completed to an extremely high standard by builder Street & Cook Construction.
Two roomy hangar buildings sit either side of an administration complex that features an eye-catching inverted gable roof. Large Structural Glaze panels, Flushglaze windows, and dramatic, raking 40mm commercial glazing give the centre’s reception area a light-filled transparency and sense of openness.
A viewing bay sits right at the back of the entrance hall, looking directly out to the runway with floor to ceiling windows, allowing a fantastic view of incoming planes.
Internal office spaces benefit from large windows allowing visibility over work areas below.
Glazing was mainly high-performance Insulating Glass Units optimised for both acoustic protection from aircraft noise and thermal efficiency.
Two powdercoat colours were used throughout the building, Duralloy Metropolis Coal Dust and Silver Pearl.