This extraordinary project is the centrepiece of a major upgrade of the Qantas Founders Museum (QFM) in Longreach, the spiritual home of the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services (Qantas). This two-stage project delivered an 8,000 square metre roof over the Air Park which is home to a collection of legendary Qantas aircraft including the mighty Boeing 747. It also included construction of a lift and viewing platform. These set the stage for a spectacular light and sound show. The team faced extreme conditions of the outback summer including heat, insects and strong winds.
Delivering this important precinct for Qantas in its centenary year brings our contribution to the airline’s outback heritage full circle having built the museum in 2001. We restored the historic Qantas hangar at Longreach Airport converting it into a 3,150 square metre visitor’s centre complete with museum that traces the pioneering of aviation in Queensland. The 72-metre long roof over the visitor’s centre was the first time a roof of this length using the Klip-Lok system had been installed in the southern hemisphere.
“It was a great experience for Watpac to be involved again with QFM. We built the original stage in Longreach and to come back and build the roof over the iconic Jumbo 747 was fantastic for us.”Drew Brockhurst, BESIX Watpac General Manager - Queensland and Northern Territory