CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON WELLCAMP AIRPORT TERMINAL
18 December 2013
CONSTRUCTION on Australia’s newest airport terminal - Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Airport - is expected to start in the next few weeks.
The multi-million-dollar project, developed by the Wagner family, will feature a 2.87km runway with passenger jet capabilities and world class airport terminal and business park with the first flights expected in September 2014.
Wagners Chairman John Wagner said terminal plans, designed by Canberra-based Guida Moseley Brown (GMB) Architects, had been approved by the Toowoomba Regional Council.
“We selected GMB because the firm has extensive airport and terminal design experience, having recently won numerous awards for its work on the Canberra Airport terminal, including the Australian Airports Association, Capital City Airport of the Year (2013),” said Mr Wagner.
He said Toowoomba-based FKG Gardner and Sons Group (FKG) had been appointed as the project’s construction firm.
“We are extremely excited and proud to be able to build an important piece of infrastructure that will benefit the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region,” said Mr Wagner.
GMB’s partner-in-charge of the Wellcamp Airport project Paul Mutton said the terminal would be built in two stages with the first 8,000m2 comprising core infrastructure such as car parking, bus, taxi and hire car areas, ticketing desks, baggage retrieval, departure lounges, cafes, bar and retail areas and planning spaces for office tenancies and airlines clubs.
“The terminal will be a contemporary design with a strong sense of focus, given it will be located in an open landscape. It will feature clean, simple lines with extensive use of light and glass as well as timber, polished stone flooring and exposed concrete features,” said Mr Mutton.
The terminal’s second phase would allow the current facilities to expand into an additional 4,500m2 area as passenger numbers increased, said Mr Mutton.
He said the project would also use Wagners’ award-winning Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC), making it the first airport in the world to be built with the low carbon, cement-free geopolymer concrete.
“EFC is the lowest carbon concrete produced in the world and contains one of the highest levels of sulphate and chloride resistance and it will be used in the taxiways, apron and runaway,” he said.
Mr Mutton said he expected Wellcamp Airport to be one of the best regional airports in Australia resulting in positive economic output for the region.
FKG’s managing director Nick Gardner also said Wellcamp Airport would be a huge ‘game changer’ for the region.
‘“We are excited to be partnering with another local company like Wagners to construct the airport terminal, which will create extensive opportunities for local industries,” he said.
Mr Gardner said his firm had committed more than 110 people to work on the project with the site expected to be ‘mobilised’ with power and water before Christmas.
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