The Department of Public Works required the upgrading of Waterkloof Air Force Base due to its strategic and national importance. As part of a three-member joint venture, Aurecon was responsible for the geometric design and pavement review of the project. Aurecon was also appointed as the consultant for the electrical design and construction supervision services required for the upgrade of the runways, taxiways and hardstands for the base.
The airport required upgrading to international standards for future military and commercial use. The base needed to be capable of accommodating the Airbus A400M, Boeing 747-400 as well as other large-bodied heavy aircraft. The upgrade needed to be carried out to a standard that would ensure continued future operational use for a period of 30 years.
The project scope included the construction of a compass swing bay and instrument calibration facilities, as well as all associated civil services and facilities for planned aircraft operations. This included lighting, fire fighting, communications, electrification, drainage and soil stabilisation activities. Runway and taxiway paint marking, dolomitic remedial actions required by risk management procedures, dynamic compaction of critical airside pavements, and the construction of a runway end safety area were also undertaken as part of the project.