Newcastle Airport terminal expansion a step closer to reality
On 11 June the Minister for Planning and Environment, Pru Goward, announced Hansen Yuncken as the successful tenderer for the construction of the impending Newcastle Airport terminal expansion, following a highly competitive tender process.
This announcement brings the Airport one step closer in the delivery of the $11.1 million expansion project, funded by the New South Wales Government’s Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund.
“This is a terrific milestone for Newcastle Airport and our growth plans,” said Paul Hughes, Newcastle Airport CEO. “The tender process was incredibly robust and the locally-based Hansen Yuncken team showed it has the skills and expertise needed to deliver the project on time and on budget.”
The terminal expansion project, which will increase the terminal footprint by more than 50%, is expected to create more than 80 jobs directly as well as hundreds of jobs indirectly through manufacturing off-site.
In a win for the Hunter region, the entire team who will be working on the project, including site staff, architects, engineers and trade contractors are all Hunter-based.
“It was important to us when reviewing the tenders that we selected a builder who provided value for money; the fact that Hansen Yuncken will support local business and jobs during construction is an added bonus,” said Paul.
Of being awarded the tender, Hansen Yuncken’s NSW State Manager Adam Towner commented that “key members of our team worked on the 2005 terminal expansion and are delighted that we have again been selected for this next important phase of Newcastle Airport’s growth.” Newcastle Airport will work closely with Hansen Yuncken to finalise the design for the terminal expansion. The first stage of construction is set to begin in July this year and is expected to be completed in late 2015.
The completed terminal will increase capacity for growth in domestic air services, provide greater retail offering for passengers, as well as provide infrastructure that is capable of handling international flights.