Melbourne Airport operates 24/7 and ensures the safe, efficient arrival and departure of its many flights. We are proud to help make this happen, winning the 2016 Australian Airports Association Corporate Project of the Year for our contributions.

The Papa Uniform Golf (PUGs) slab replacement project marks a major milestone in our 20-year partnership with Melbourne Airport. It’s crucial in helping Melbourne Airport maintain a high level of service to airlines and reduce the major risk to aircraft operations of potential foreign object debris.

The taxilanes PUGs were the highest priority for replacement, due to their deteriorating condition and their importance in providing access to critical aircraft stands. During a 38-month construction period, the teams put in 205,000 hours across 33 stages of work - placing 64,000m2 of hard-wearing, high performance 500mm thick Portland cement concrete pavement.

To reduce the impact on the airport's operations, the team also used Rapid Set Cement Concrete (RSCC) pavement. The scale and design of the RSCC slabs is considered an industry first and sets a benchmark for future RSCC works in Australia.

To successfully manage the complexity of the staging and the large number of stakeholders, the team collaborated and worked closely with everyone involved to make it happen, including Melbourne Airport, McConnell Dowell and domestic and international airlines.


64K sq m

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Our Team Says

This project epitomises the benefits of a collaborative approach to deliver critical aviation asset replacement in a very complex environment. The project team strove to minimise the impact on the airport business. This was achieved in no small part by the positive team culture and the contributions made by team members.

Joe Walsh

Project Director, Beca

Our client says

The planning works undertaken by Beca enabled us to have early engagement with our airline partners and gain their support and set expectations. During the construction phase, Beca led our team chartering sessions which developed a team which was adaptive to working in a live terminal and taxilane environment with safety as a key priority.

Chris Bren

Project Manager, Melbourne Airport

Our People

Michael Diviwelagi

Associate - Airports

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Tim Swain

Technical Director - Project Management

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