Melbourne Airport – Airfield Infrastructure, Australia

Aurecon has a strong collaborative relationship with Melbourne Airport and has recently designed and advised on key airfield infrastructure upgrades.

Aurecon’s aviation team has recently worked on several critical infrastructure upgrades for Melbourne Airport. With visitors expected to total 68 million a year by 2038, Aurecon is helping the airport become future-ready.

Taxiway Victor: 2018

Aurecon designed the extension of Taxiway Victor to increase operational efficiency and provide supporting infrastructure for future runways. Adding an additional 45,000 sq.m. of taxiway to the south of the main terminal provides a valuable additional route to and from the runways. This means more aircraft can be on the move at one time, ensuring a quicker and more efficient experience for travellers and airlines alike.

Aurecon’s airfield infrastructure team:

  • Designed the taxiway
  • Advised Melbourne Airport on the procurement process
  • Provided construction monitoring services

The work took place in a fully operational environment: taxiways and runways suffered no disruption to service, remaining open throughout the design and construction period.

Foxtrot Apron Infill: 2018

This work involved designing stand-off parking bays to expand the apron, accommodate larger aircraft, and facilitate the future expansion of the terminal.

The project required in-filling the grass area between existing taxiways and using this space to provide an additional four Code C – or two Code E – aircraft parking stands.

Aurecon’s aviation team planned and designed this expansion so that, in time, Melbourne Airport can extend the terminal to fit the apron and provide contact gates for these larger aircraft.

The Aurecon team also supported Melbourne Airport in tendering for the work and provided construction monitoring services and advice for the company that won the contract.

Terminal 2 Make-Up Position (MUP): 2018

A third project brought together planning, civil and airfield engineering into a building services environment. In Terminal 2, an increase to the capacity of the outbound baggage system is being planned. The challenge is that operations need to be fully maintained throughout any construction work.

As a result, Aurecon’s airfield infrastructure experts have presented a concept for building a temporary facility on the apron by mid-2020. They have identified a site that would allow the baggage handlers to maintain operations without impacting the parking stands. This solution would allow critical work to be done on the baggage room while maintaining throughput at normal service standards. When the upgrade is complete, the temporary building could be demolished or re-purposed.


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