Amberley RAAF Apron & Taxiway Upgrade
Key capabilities: Airport infrastructure, Earthworks, Road Construction
Project location: Amberley, Queensland
Client name: John Holland Group
Project duration: June 2008 – November 2009
Project value: $24.8 Million
About the project
Upgrade of apron and taxiway at Amberley Air Base in Queensland.
The project was part of a $125 Million package of works.
- The preparation of a new 45,000m2 concrete apron including a 150mm lean mix subgrade replacement layer to take the new feet of C17 aircraft.
- 1.5km full width, full depth paver placed taxiway extension and 3km of taxiway widening.
- Construction of an explosive ordinance apron to receive artillery drop off to fighter aircraft.
- Realignment of an existing perimeter road within the base for the new taxiway extension.
- Construction of open stormwater drains, culverts, stormwater structures and reinforced concrete base fire traps.
Innovations & highlights
- Completed on time and within budget to the satisfaction of the client.
- Works were carried out within an operational defence base.
- Very stringent safety and security requirements including the important management of any loose foreign objects adjacent to the runway.
- Pensar worked closely with the consultant to address the best outcome for the project after encountering very poor ground conditions including contaminated soils.
- Construction of highly complicated reinforced concrete structural base fire traps to the storm water system.
- Use of a paver for placement of all gravels for the project.
- Management of the CTB placement due to the time constraints related to importing from Toowoomba to Amberley.