25.11.2016

Beca Melbourne Airport project wins Australian Airports Association Corporate Project of the Year

Beca received the Australian Airports Association (AAA) Corporate Project of the Year award at Wednesday's National Airport Industry Awards for its work with Melbourne Airport’s Papa, Uniform and Golf Taxi Lane Slab Replacement Project.

The award recognises the complexity involved in successfully delivering the project with minimum impact on the ongoing operations of the busy Melbourne Airport.

Beca was commissioned by Melbourne Airport in August 2011 to undertake the feasibility, schematic and detailed design phases of the project and subsequent construction phase project management, contract administration and construction monitoring.

Beca Project Director, Joseph Walsh, said the project epitomised a collaborative team approach with Melbourne Airport on what was a complex project.

“Early on we recognised successfully delivering the project with minimum impact on airport operations would require creative solutions,” Mr Walsh said.

“Completely closing taxi lanes to replace the existing slabs in critical areas was not an option due to the significant impact it would have on operations, which is why we decided the use of rapid set cement concrete was the most appropriate solution in this instance,” he added.

The AAA said, “The scale and design of the slabs using this concrete is an industry first and we believe sets a benchmark for future pavement construction of this type in Australia.”

One of the great successes of the project was the establishment of a strong team culture in partnership with Melbourne Airport and the construction contractor, McConnell Dowell.  The project established a Team Charter at the outset, which formed the road map for the collaborative team approach to successful delivery.

The prestigious AAA Annual Airport Industry Awards are the only industry-recognised awards of their type and acknowledge leadership and excellence in Australian aviation and airport management.