Since 2013, BESIX Watpac has had a consistent presence at the Brisbane Airport, delivering major upgrades within the domestic terminal including new lounges, baggage handling systems and the retail tenancies. Our collaborative and open approach to engaging with all stakeholders have been crucial to our success in this highly sensitive environment. This approach has been recognised by our client with the team receiving the client’s safety award.
Relationship with client
Challenging environment handled safely
The most recent project has involved a major overhaul of the southern retail tenancies and has been the most extensive works at the airport to date. An unconventional site and build, we demolished the base shells of the tenancies and entirely new shells constructed along with the delivery of new joinery and infrastructure. Our team demonstrated exception stakeholder engagement by individually working with the each of the 48 tenancies.
A notable element of this project was the demolition of the existing floor of the food court, to be replaced by a high-quality tiled finish. Before this could be accomplished, the floors needed to be corrected as there were inconsistent levels across the floor. A high-flow, lightweight grout was utilised to lift the floors with a view to creating a flat surface that could then be tiled. In what would typically have taken a month to complete using traditional methods with major impacts on airport operations, our advanced methodology enabled us to complete the pour in one night. We created a reticulation path through the building that was out of the way of public areas, and 25 concreters laid the floor topping in a single night.
Live environment expertise
Working in a highly sensitive environment, we maintained close communication with Brisbane Airport Corporation to ensure the terminal remained fully operational for the duration of works. We have expertly managed works in a variety of environments including landside, sterile and airside zones. Ensuring the greatest level of visual amenity was maintained throughout works, we erected large areas of covered scaffold that acted as edge protection as well as discretely concealing works.
Recognition for commitment to safety
BESIX Watpac’s achievements on this project have been recognised by the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), who awarded our team with the CEO Workplace Health and Safety Award. The award recognises a contractor who best exemplifies BAC’s vision and values when it comes to workplace health and safety, including collaborative communication and consultative stakeholder engagement.
It’s a building that’s very busy, and our highest priority was to approach the job as a large builder that could be invisible. The works we were conducting would normally be considered an invasive exercise in this type of live environment, but we ensured that the customer – the passenger that came to the airport during the day – wouldn’t have even been aware of what we were doing.Fran Diaz, Project Manager, BESIX Watpac