Sunshine Coast Airport has big growth plans for the years ahead, and Beca is making it possible by providing international best practice airfield engineering design for their new runway.
Beca was commissioned by Sunshine Coast Regional Council (SCRC) in 2016 to undertake engineering design for the new Runway 13/31 at their increasingly busy Sunshine Coast Airport, as part of the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project (SCAEP).

Following completion of the Reference Design, Beca were novated to John Holland Group by SCRC to undertake the detailed Design Phase. Opening this gateway to Asia in a timely manner is a key driver for the future economic growth of the region.

Runway 13-31 is 45m wide, 2,450m long with a runway turn pad connecting taxiways to the existing aprons, together with new apron parking bays to accommodate larger aircraft. The longer runway and larger parking bays allow wider bodied Code 4E aircraft to fly direct from Asia to Sunshine Coast Airport.

In summary this project involved:
  • Closure and removal of the existing runways 18-36 and 12-30.
  • Dredging of approximately 1.2-1.5Mm³ sand-fill from the Spitfire Realignment.
  • Half-length parallel Code E taxiway with Code B Bypass Holding Bay.
  • Reconstruction of existing Apron and construction of apron extension to provide 1 new Code E bay plus 2 new Code C bays, including connecting taxiway/taxilane and associated infrastructure.
  • Construction of airside perimeter roads and security fencing.
  • Construction of significant drainage channels to convey flood waters around the runway construction.

A collaborative and integrated delivery approach enabled us to complete both the Preliminary Design and Reference Design within tight timelines, without disrupting the airport’s day-to-day operations.

A reduction in the overall drainage design costs was also achieved by incorporating several design elements, including the use of specific treatment devices and increasing the hydraulic efficiency of stormwater channels by increasing longitudinal grades.

The new Runway 13-31 was officially opened in June 2020, providing fresh connections for the Sunshine Coast Region to destinations across Australia, Asia and the Pacific!

Award win
  • Winner of the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) Earth Awards 2021 - Project greater than $75million category

Image credit: Sunshine Coast Airport


Year project

$334 million

Project value

2,450 metre

New runway length

Our Team Says

We’re proud to support the expansion of this important infrastructure at Sunshine Coast Airport, which will support the continued growth of the region.

David Callan

Senior Associate - Airports

Our Client Says

This Project has required expedited design activities to facilitate a compressed timeframe for delivery. I have been very impressed with Beca’s collaborative approach, their responsiveness to our needs and the attention to detail which they have applied to this iconic project. They achieved a design timeline that exceeded my expectations.

Ross Ullman

SCAEP Project Director

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Craig Downey

Principal - Airports

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