In mid-2010, Beca was appointed as project managers and designers for the Runway and Taxiway Overlay project with a construction value of over A$25 million.
|Strong teamwork between Melbourne Airport, Beca and contractor Fulton Hogan reduced the programme impact of three times the average seasonal rainfall during a challenging construction period.
The main works involved placing over 280,000m2 of asphalt, laying 180km of cabling, replacing 4700m2 of concrete pavement and replacing runway lights, while keeping the airport operational 24 hours a day.
The asphalt paving and AGL trenching and cabling works on Runway 16-34 were undertaken between midnight and 6am for six nights per week between late March and June 2011.
A key element of the project was to work closely with Australian Pacific Airports Melbourne (APAM) to safely and cost-effectively integrate the construction works with airport operations to minimise unexpected impacts on airlines and passengers. This was achieved through the closure of Runway 09-27 for a period of eight weeks for asphalt paving and concrete pavement reconstruction works, as well as the displacement of the Runway 16 Threshold for four weeks in February 2011.
Fulton Hogan was the main contractor for the works with Avionics as specialist AGL sub-contractor. Prior to commencing work on site in late October 2010, a series of team integration workshops were facilitated by Beca Airports to foster a collaborative team approach and collective appreciation of the project drivers, risks and actions, thus focusing the team to work towards a successful project outcome for all parties.