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Final Layer Before Take-Off For Australia's Newest Runway

01 July 2014

The final layer on Australia's newest runway at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (BWW Airport) has started.

Project manager and Wagners director Denis Wagner said first 100 metres of asphalt had already been laid to cover the 2.87 kilometre jet-capable air strip.

He said it would take a team of 12 workers about six weeks to seal the iconic runway.

"It's a big job but we're happy with the results so far", Mr Wagner said.

"We've also started all the underground earthworks for the runway lights and stormwater."

Mr Wagner said construction of the airport's 8,000 square-metre terminal structure was now complete and fit out was well underway.

"It's going to be a very impressive building with a contemporary design using lots of glass and light, simple clean lines and a mix of timber, polished stone flooring and exposed concrete features," Mr Wagner said.

The terminal has been designed by Canberra-based Guida Moseley Brown (GMB) Architects, who have won numerous awards for its work on the Canberra Airport terminal, including the Australian Airports Association Capital City Airport of the Year (2013).

Mr Wagner said Toowoomba-based FK Gardner and Sons Group (FKG) were building the terminal.

"The tiles are going down now and the fit out is on track for hand-over in early September."

Other terminal works also include car parking, bus, taxi and hire car areas, ticketing desks, baggage retrieval, departure lounges, cafes, bar and retail areas, office tenancies and airline clubs.

Mr Wagner said almost 200 staff and contractors were now working ont he airport project to ensure it was fully operational by the end of this year.

The crew had also started the terminal access road and main entry and the second batch plant for Wagners' Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) would be completed this week, Mr Wagner said.

More than 30,000 cubic metres of Wagners' award-winning EFC will be used in the airport project making it the greenest airport in the world.

"Wagners' EFC is the world's lowest carbon, cement-free geopolymer concrete. We're saving more than 6,600 tonnes of carbon emissions in the airport project which is great news for the environment."

Australia's newest public airport, BWW Airport is being developed by an Australian family-owened company, Wagners - leaders in global construction, logistics and infrastructure projects.

When it opens later this year, BWW Airport will be the first airport to cater for regular public jet services to Toowoomba and the Darling Downs region. Potential routes include Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns, Mackay, Emerald, Roma and Miles.

The airport will also be a major freight gateway for local agricultural producers and manufacturers.

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