Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project, Australia

Aurecon is overseeing the design and construction of a new runway and supporting infrastructure for Sunshine Coast Airport

  • Client: Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Airport Pty Ltd, Asset Truestee, Security Trustee
  • Aurecon’s role: Contract Administration Services and Independent Certification Services
  • Construction company: John Holland Group
  • Designer: Beca Group

Sunshine Coast Regional Council, CEO of 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 operates with a 1,800m long x 30m wide runway. This means that many larger aircrafts, such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, are currently unable to operate from the site in Marcoola, which limits 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 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
  • Drainage channels
  • 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.

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