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Coondewanna Aerodrome - Landside Works
Through carefully phasing, programming works outside of arrival and departure flight times, significant changes to work areas, and through close co-ordination with airport management, we were able to provide a safe work environment for passengers, airport staff and our workforce.
Located 120km North West of Newman the Coondewanna Aerodrome is the main aerodrome servicing BHP MAC operations. With plans to expand its use for South Flank construction and operations personnel, BGC Contracting was engaged to deliver refurbishment and upgrade works, both landside and airside.
The expansion of the existing terminal facility and associated landside infrastructure includes development of a dedicated arrivals and departure areas. The car park will also be extended with additional parking bays. All construction activities such as daily Aerodrome Operations must resume without impacting on passenger and operational staff safety, or cause delays or disruptions to any normal operational activities.
The scope of work for this project includes:
- Construction of single storey, steel clad arrivals facility, complete with installation of an automated gate baggage handling entry system;
- Construction of single storey, steel clad baggage handling area with an additional airport staff only breakout room and office area;
- Extension to the existing single storey, steel clad departure facility, complete with fitout works such as HVAC, fire and communications.
- Construction of 40 additional car parks. Works included basecourse, subbase, and chipseal finish, with line marking and lighting.
- Ancillary works included construction of a temporary car park for an additional 60 vehicles. Installation of a leach drainage septic system comprising of septic tank and four 35m x 2.5m leach drains. Installation of potable water pumping system and upgrade to the drainage system. Installation of new 33kv transformer, associated cabling and upgrade to the existing switchboards including an auto-changeover switch.
With the early identification of risk to design constructability, and the client variations, we collaborated closely with BHP from day one to minimise programme and budget risks. As a live operational airport, works were planned in stages to minimise disruption to the day to day airport operations, with emphasis on passenger safety. Through carefully phasing, programming works outside of arrival and departure flight times, significant changes to work areas, and through close co-ordination with airport management, we were able to provide a safe work environment for passengers, airport staff and our workforce.