From the fourth quarter this year, the 850-lot open-air car park at T1 will be closed to make way for construction of the Changi's Project Jewel complex. The complex, estimated to cost $1.47 billion, will have a total gross floor area of about 134,000 sq m, of which nearly 70 per cent will be retail space. It will also have an underground car park with 2,500 lots and a link to terminals 1, 2 and 3, and Changi Airport MRT station when it opens in 2018.
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Here is the full statement from Changi Airport Group:
SINGAPORE - As part of Changi Airport Group's (CAG) blueprint to enhance Changi Airport's infrastructure, the redevelopment of the open-air car park site fronting Terminal 1 (T1) will begin in the last quarter of 2014. The car park, which presently serves T1 users, will then be closed to enable the commencement of construction works on the 3.5 ha site. As a result, there will be some changes to the existing parking and pick-up arrangements for T1 users. In the lead-up to this, CAG is preparing a comprehensive series of measures to minimise the inconvenience to motorists and airport users.
Nearest car park at T2 designated for T1 users
With the closure of the open-air car park, the nearest parking facility to T1 - Car Park 2B at Terminal 2 (T2) - will be designated for use by T1 visitors. Located at the north end of T2 (Figure 1), this car park will be renamed T1 Car Park when the relocation takes effect.
Road signage and lane markings along the roadways leading to and within Changi Airport, will guide drivers who wish to access the T1 Car Park to this new location. Drivers should look out for these road signs when approaching the airport, and follow the directions accordingly.
Meanwhile, T2 users will continue to be served by the second car park at T2, located at the opposite side of the terminal. This car park, currently known as Car Park 2A, will be renamed T2 Car Park when the changes take effect (Figure 1). Similarly, there will be clear signage to direct drivers visiting T2 who wish to use this car park.
Based on Changi Airport's car park utilisation rates, the number of parking spaces at the two car parks at T2 is expected to be adequate to cater to both T1 and T2 users. To further expand parking capacity during busy periods, a free valet parking service will also be introduced at the new T1 Car Park during peak hours on weekends and public holidays.
New Arrival pick-up point at T1
As part of the redevelopment project, the T1 building will be expanded towards the open-air car park site to provide for a larger Arrival meeters-and-greeters' hall. To enable construction works, T1's existing Arrival pick-up point for private cars will be moved to a new location, at the same time as the closure of the open-air car park. The new Arrival pick-up bay is located just outside the T1 Arrival Hall, on the same level (Figure 2).
There will be no change to the Departure drop-off point for private cars and taxis, as well as the passenger boarding point for taxis at T1.