Retail upgrade included in Hong Kong airport revamp

A major Hong Kong airport revamp is planned spanning passenger facilities and retail spaces. 

Architectural firm Lead8 has been appointed lead designer for the planned Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Terminal 1 renovation.

Working with Airport Authority Hong Kong, Lead8 will spearhead a collaboration of international consultants to deliver a “transformative upgrade” to the passenger halls of the 21-year-old aviation hub.

The Boarding Gate Transformation project is expected to be completed in 2021. Lead8’s design scope includes a total overhaul and upgrade of the 49 boarding gates and adjacent areas of the Level 6 departure concourses.

The renovation work will include upgraded technologies at all boarding gates, along with new and refreshed beam seating across all departure waiting areas. Retail and service cabins will be upgraded with more convenience for passenger access, all aimed at delivering “a more fluid experience for travellers”.

“The refreshed look of the terminal will bring an inviting ambience that combines new technological features to convey convenience and comfort to the terminal’s local and international travellers when transiting to and from Hong Kong,” said Lead8’s co-founder & executive director Chris Lohan.

Contemporary seating designs with upgraded charging facilities will provide passengers with convenient and comfortable waiting experiences. The retail and service cabin facilities will also be upgraded to offer a rejuvenated environment for waiting passengers.


Lead8 have also curated a number of entirely new experiential zones that will provide places of entertainment, relaxation, on-the-go work and general down-time spaces for passengers awaiting flights.

“The combined enhancements of the transformed facilities at Hong Kong International Airport’s signature Terminal 1 building will further solidify our city’s status as a key international and regional aviation hub,” added Lohan.

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