Papa Uniform Golf Taxilane Replacement

Customer: Melbourne Airport

Contract: Early Contractor Involvement

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia




Transport Solutions Australia

Fast Facts

  • 69,000 m2 of concrete aprons replaced
  • 33,735 m3 of PCC Concrete placed
  • 2,000 m3 of RSCC Concrete placed
  • 375 individual concrete pours
  • 252 proof rolls completed
  • Over 198,000 man hours
  • Largest undertaking (per pour) of Rapid Set Cement Concrete in Australia

The Papa, Uniform, Golf Taxilane Slab Replacement project involved the replaced and restoration of ageing concrete pavement at Melbourne International Airport. The project was part of Melbourne Airport’s airfield pavement maintenance program, improving and maintaining the safety of the airport.

McConnell Dowell's scope of work involved:

  • The removal and replacement of existing concrete pavement with conventional Portland Cement Concrete (PCC)
  • The removal and replacement of existing concrete pavement with Rapid Set Cement Concrete (RSCC) as night works
  • Maintenance repair works to deteriorated concrete slabs not being replaced
  • Associated pavement civil works (subsoil drainage, re-spacing airfield ground lighting)
  • Reconstruction of existing storm water manholes
  • Relocation of existing grated drains and installation of flame trap chambers
  • Protection of all existing JUHI pipelines and hydrants

Working within the constrained airside environment, the McConnell Dowell team successfully laid over 100,000 m2 of new, high performance concrete pavements up to 500 mm thick.

The project won an Australasian Aviation Ground Safety Award for their “FOD Off” poster campaign. (FOD is Foreign Object Debris)

Upon the project's completion, Melbourne Airports CEO Lyell Stambi said “This was a fantastic project and program, and an excellent combined effort between all involved. This project had little or no unscheduled operational impact to the Airport and its key stakeholders and is definitely one to be proud of”.

Watch time lapse footage of the project.

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