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Brisbane awards contract for next stage of runway

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has awarded the contract for the dredging and reclamation of its New Parallel Runway and says that work will commence “within weeks”.

Bill Grant, BAC’s chairman, commented: “This is a clear signal that we are absolutely committed to building this critical piece of national infrastructure.”

The runway represents A$1.35bn of private investment and will reportedly create 2,700 construction jobs, as well as 7,800 permanent jobs in the Brisbane/Moreton region by 2035.

Grant continued: “In the last 10 years, BAC has spent more than a billion [Australian] dollars on Brisbane Airport and in the next 10 years, we’ll spend another A$2bn.”

The project comprises the 3.3km-long, 60m-wide runway; more than 12km of taxiways, navigational aids and other airfield infrastructure.

All are being developed on a 360ha green field site adjacent to the existing system.

By the end of phase one, the project will have cost A$500m.

CEO and managing director, Julieanne Alroe, said BAC has almost finished preliminary enabling civil works on the site; once they’re completed, the dredging and reclamation will commence.

She said the company was proud to be “setting the standard for Australian airports.”

She asserted: “We will deliver this critical infrastructure project by 2020 and acknowledge important milestones along the way.

“On completion of this project, Brisbane Airport will have a runway system with the capacity of major international airports like Hong Kong or Singapore.”

The dredging and reclamation involves placing 13 million cubic metres of sand up to a maximum height of eight metres above ground to consolidate the soft underlying soils and form a stable platform to construct the runway.

The final phase of the project – the construction of the runway and taxiway – are expected to commence by 2017.

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