Airport Terminal Specialists Tim Mein Architects


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An independent airport terminal design consultancy, specialising in the planning and design of airport terminals and airside buildings.


London Heathrow T3


Sydney International Airport


Sydney Domestic T3


Calgary International Airport


Hong Kong International Airport


Cassidy International Airport


Regina International Airport


Dubbo Airport


Perth International Airport


Fua’amotu International Airport


Lupepau’u Airport


Funafuti International Airport


Niue International Airport


Tauranga Airport


Blenheim Airport


New Doha International Airport


Bamyan Airport


Auckland International Airport


Queenstown International Airport


Christchurch International Airport


Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai T2


Bonriki International Airport


Rotorua Airport


Bauerfield International Airport


Whitegrass International Airport


Munda International Airport

Design Services

Terminal Architecture & Planning

  • 3D Visualisation
  • Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Building Design
  • Car Park and Road System Planning
  • Car Park Building Design
  • Contract Documentation
  • Drawings and Specifications
  • Landside Precinct Planning
  • Local Authority Building Consents
  • Self Service Passenger Processing
  • Self Service Passenger Processing
  • Terminal Concept Design
  • Terminal Detail Design
  • Terminal Expansion and Redevelopment
  • Terminal Master Planning
  • Terminal Works Staging Plans

Terminal Detail Design

  • Bag Makeup
  • Bag Reclaim
  • Check-in
  • Concourses and Gate lounges
  • Duty Free Concession Planning
  • Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Design
  • Fixed Links and Aerobridges
  • Hold Bag Screening
  • Passport Control
  • Retail and Food and Beverage Planning
  • Security Screening
  • Security Screening & Full Body Scanners
  • Self-service Check-in & Border Control
  • Signage & Wayfinding
  • Terminal Furniture

Construction Stage Services

  • Building Contract Administration
  • Building Contract Advice
  • Defects Inspections
  • Design and Build Services
  • Issue For Construction IFC Drawings and Specifications
  • Payment Administration
  • Procurement Management
  • Quality Control Inspections
  • Shop Drawing Review
  • Site Inspections
  • Tender/Bid Evaluation
  • Tender/Bid Process

Terminal Analysis and Review

  • Busy Hour Passenger Forecasts
  • ICAO Regulatory Compliance
  • Peer Review
  • Terminal Area Calculations
  • Terminal Capacity Analysis
  • Terminal Condition Inspections
  • Terminal Design Briefs
  • Terminal Planning Parameters
  • Terminal Safety Review
  • Terminal Security Review


Auckland -

Established in January 2007, Tim Mein Architects clients include Airport Owners, Engineers and Airport Planners in the Middle East, East Asia, India, North America, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region.

Unit 302 - Ironbank
150 Karangahape Road
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
+64 9 354 3723


New Terminal Opens at Cassidy International Airport – Kiritimati Island, Kiribati


The new terminal at Cassidy International Airport was officially opened on May 29th 2019.

The terminal design features a glulam timber roof structure and timber secondary framing designed to be prefabricated off site. The terminal has a clear finished natural hardwood ceiling. All materials and equipment for the project were transported to the remote Kiritimati Atoll site in shipping containers.

Natural light to the terminal interior is provided by the translucent lineal skylight, translucent end walls and extensive use of operable glass louvres.

The glass louvres on opposing walls together with the lineal roof ridge vent, and fans provide natural ventilation to the terminal interior. The roof construction is highly insulated to reduce heat gain from solar radiation. Rainwater is collected from the 1,375m² roof and stored in the new ground mounted water tank.

The new terminal provides the processing capacity and security screening required to cater for international and domestic Code C jet operations. Kiritimati Atoll is currently serviced by Fiji Airways Boeing 737-800’s. The terminal design includes transit passenger screening, to comply with US Transport Security Administration (TSA) requirements for US bound flights. Given the low frequency of flights to Kiritimati Tim Mein Architects provided a relatively compact terminal plan of 800m², saving on terminal area required by utilising covered outdoor spaces for passenger queue areas and landside public waiting areas.

In 2020 Air Kiribati will take delivery of two Embraer 190 E2 jets, with the potential for direct domestic jet services between Cassidy Airport, and Bonriki Airport 3,300km to the west on Kiribati’s South Tarawa Island.

Tim Mein Architects (TMA), in collaboration with the Kiribati Ministry of Communications, Transport and Tourism Development (MCTTD), Aecom Engineers, the TFSU and The World Bank, completed the design, the bid drawings and specifications for the project

Client: The Kiribati Ministry of Communications, Transport and Tourism Development (MCTTD),

Funding: The World Bank

Architects: Tim Mein Architects (TMA) – Tim Mein, Catherine Doo & Ross Aitken

Engineers: Aecom

Supervision Consultant: Sir Frederick Snow & Partners

Contractor: CCB Envico


Photography: GC

Terminal Design - Bonriki International Airport – South Tarawa, Kiribati


Tim Mein Architects (TMA), in collaboration with the Kiribati Ministry of Communications, Transport and Tourism Development (MCTTD), AECOM Engineers, the TFSU and The World Bank, have completed the design, bid drawings and specifications for the terminal upgrade at Bonriki International Airport (TRW).

The terminal design expands all passenger processes and provides faster processing. Terminal designer TMA employed a strategy of adaptive re-use, upgrading and expanding the existing terminal building to extend its serviceable life.

ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) for passenger segregation and security are met by building breathable interior security screens and segregated passenger processing pods within the existing terminal volume. A new check-in hall, with custom designed check-in desks and hold bag screening search tables, is located between the existing departures and arrivals pavilions. TMAs landside road design relocates the two lane drop-off road to create a large outdoor public area. The airside design includes a new indoor-outdoor passport control queue zone using triple sliding doors. The existing terminal galvanised steel structure is strengthened with new structural bolts and column baseplates throughout and is to be protected with a new corrosion resistant paint finish. Existing hardwood roof purlins, ventilation louvres and wall cladding are refurbished and restored with oil based wood stain finish.

Rainfall will be collected and stored in two new landside water tanks for airport and community use. New gutters and storm water drainage systems are provided throughout. The design provides enhanced natural ventilation to minimise energy use. Selected external walls are removed to be replaced by operable glass louvres, increasing cross ventilation and natural light. The new insulated check-in hall roof has wide overhanging eaves to shade the interior, minimise solar heat gain and reduce internal air temperatures. All hardwood required for the terminal upgrade will be sourced from recycled buildings or from sustainable timber plantations.

The terminal is designed to cater for Code C international operations including Boeing 737-800 or equivalent aircraft, as well as the busy domestic turboprop schedule. A new security screening X-Ray is provided to speed up processing of departing passengers. On the arrivals side five new inbound passport control desks, a new bag reclaim conveyor and an enlarged customs and quarantine area are proposed. The terminal design references Kiribati architecture, the atoll environment and cultural artefacts. The design of the new landside shade sail comprises a folded, triangulated form influenced by traditional canoe sail forms and the Teunan shark tooth spear. Colours used in the terminal design were drawn from the Tarawa atoll and landscape.

The terminal design is the first stage of terminal expansion leading to construction of the TMA designed 15 Year Terminal Master Plan.

Client: The Kiribati Ministry of Communications, Transport and Tourism Development (MCTTD)
Funding: The World Bank
Terminal Architects: Tim Mein Architects
Project Manager: Aree Redfern Building
Engineers/Lead Consultant: AECOM

New Terminal for Tuvalu


Tim Mein Architects in collaboration with the Tuvalu Ministry of Communications and Transport (MCT) as well as the TFSU and The World Bank have completed the airport terminal design, bid drawings and specifications for the new Funafuti International Airport (FUN) Terminal. The Client and the design team worked closely together throughout the project, from preparing terminal concept options through to refining the Clients preferred terminal layout. The new Funafuti International Airport Terminal is part of the Pacific Aviation Investment Program (PAIP), supported by the World Bank. The Program includes neighbouring countries such as Tonga, Kiribati, Samoa and Vanuatu and will include others in the future. The main objectives of the PAIP are to improve the safety, security, efficiency, management and environmental sustainability of the Airports in the Program.

Tim Mein Architects also designed the two PAIP terminal projects in Tonga, TBU and VAV, and the two PAIP terminal projects in Kiribati, TRW and CXI. Funafuti International Airport is located in the central, densely populated part of the atoll, directly opposite the Tuvalu Government Building. The compact, functional terminal plan is designed to cater for fifty seat international turboprop operations. The open plan airport terminal concept, with a single-span glulam timber roof structure provides the flexibility to adapt and change the terminal interior and to extend the building to the south. The terminal is designed to be used by community groups when not in use for aircraft operations.

The plan is conceived as a long, rectangular pavilion with operable glass louvres to maximise natural cross ventilation. A translucent, ventilating roof ridge releases warm air from the roof space and provides natural light to the centre of the terminal. The building roof form is based on the Tuvalu Falekaupule (meeting house) building type.

The wide overhanging roof is highly insulated to minimise solar heat gain and is designed for future installation of a photovoltaic panel array. The Tuvalu government intends to generate 100% of energy requirements from renewable sources within twenty years. In addition, rainfall will be collected from the whole roof and stored in a new reinforced concrete water tank below the terminal providing a significant new water reserve for the atoll. The terminal floor level is elevated in response to Funafuti atolls low lying topography, as a defence against rising sea levels. Water saving toilets and tapware have been selected and the terminal light fittings are low energy LED.

The roof, comprising a glulam timber structure and recycled Australian Spotted Gum hardwood timber ceiling, appears to float above the terminal spaces below. Perforated aluminium screens, in a design pattern based on Tuvalu coral geometries, provide the ICAO required physical security barriers and maximise natural ventilation.

Client: The Ministry of Communications and Transport
Funding: The World Bank Terminal
Architects: Tim Mein Architects
Project Manager: Charles Nepia (TFSU)
Lead Consultant, Pavement Engineers and Building Engineers: AECOM

TBU Stage 1 Terminal Upgrade - Arrivals Redevelopment


Tim Mein Architects have completed Concept Designs for the World Bank funded terminal expansion and upgrade project at Fua'amotu International Airport, Tonga.

The TBU terminal works are part of the Pacific Aviation Investment Program (PAIP). The main objective of the PAIP is to upgrade existing airport facilities in Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu and to support continued sustainable growth of international air transport services in the Pacific region TMA is providing full terminal planning and architectural services for the project including the Terminal Condition Report, Security Review, Terminal Capacity Analysis, Passenger Forecasts, the 2024 Terminal Master Plan, the Stage 1 Terminal Concept Design, Tender (Bid) drawings and specifications, Contract Documentation, Construction Stage Services and Quality Control.

The TBU Stage 1 terminal works provide significantly increased arrivals passenger and bag processing capacity. The works include a new inbound passport control hall, an enlarged bag reclaim hall, a new bag reclaim conveyor and a redeveloped customs and quarantine processing area. A new walk through Duty Free concession is located at the first point of entry to the terminal.

The economic terminal upgrade is achieved by re-planning underutilised areas within the existing terminal roof line and by providing an airside addition to accommodate a new airside bag hall and the Duty Free concession. In addition, TMA has designed the TBU Terminal Master Plan which provides the blueprint for the ultimate terminal expansion, designed to cater for the forecast 2024 peak hour arriving and departing passengers.

Client: Tonga Airports Limited Funding: The World Bank Terminal
Architects: Tim Mein Architects
Lead Consultant, Pavement Engineers and Building
Engineers: AECOM