Aurecon’s role: Contract Administration Services and Independent Certification Services
Construction company: John Holland Group
Designer: Beca Group
Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Airport Pty Ltd, the Asset Trustee and the Security Trustee, engaged Aurecon in 2018 to oversee the design and construction of a new runway and supporting infrastructure for the airport.
Sunshine Coast Airport is 60 years old and previously operated with a 1,800m long x 30m wide runway. This means that many larger aircrafts, such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, were unable to operate from the site in Marcoola, which limited international travel to and from the region.
By building a runway and supporting infrastructure that meet the requirements for larger international aircraft, there is the potential to attract up to 2 million passengers annually to the area. The Sunshine Coast Council estimates that the airport upgrade will inject $4.1B into gross regional product during the next 20 years, creating jobs and boosting local communities.
Aurecon’s Aviation team ensures the project’s smooth delivery by providing:
Contract administration services
Independent certification services for design and construction
The two Aurecon teams involved verify that the project is designed and constructed in accordance with the scope of work and industry standards. They also monitor quality and advise on challenges, such as environmental complications, throughout the construction process.
The runway is now operational and the expansion project is scheduled to be completed in December 2020 and will deliver:
A new runway (2,450m long x 45m wide)
A half-length parallel taxiway
An expanded apron
A perimeter road
Biodiversity offset areas
The project will enable direct flights to more destinations across Australia, Asia and the Western Pacific, attracting a greater number of domestic and international tourists to the Sunshine Coast region.