“Let’s Invest for Tomorrow” – Gold Coast Airport’s Project LIFT is transforming the airport into a superior gateway to South East Queensland and northern New South Wales for tourists and business travellers from around the world.
Gold Coast Airport needed to expand to meet the needs of the region as a growing tourist destination, and the home of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Stage 1 of Project LIFT involved the construction of two new wide-bodied aircraft stands, which could also be used for serving four narrow-bodied aircraft, to allow for extra aircraft parking at peak times. Stage 2, commencing after the Commonwealth Games, will see the terminal expanded to the south and provision of aerobridges to serve aircraft on the new stands.
As the lead consultant for airside and landside civil design developments, we provided operational planning for the new stands and taxiways – working closely with the terminal designers and aircraft fuel company to optimise the layout and positioning of the aerobridge rotundas and fuel hydrants.
Design of bulk earthworks and major drainage reserve diversion and filling to create land for aircraft pavements, landside roads and hotel development was part of our remit, as well as design of all the airside civil, structural and electrical infrastructure and facilities.
The complexities and challenges of achieving all this within a tight budget and deadlines, managing interfaces with multiple consultants, and working alongside numerous concurrent projects – all while the airport remained fully operational – was testament to established relationships, excellent planning and a great team effort.