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Redeveloping Gold Coast Airport to face the future

Redeveloping Gold Coast Airport to face the future

In a bid to ensure the longevity of the airport, this Gold Coast Airport expansion will increase capacity and secure the airport’s place in the future of aviation. Carl Bruhn, Queensland Airports Limited Executive General Manager Property and Infrastructure, explains more.

What impact will the terminal expansion have on passenger experience?

Work is now underway on the redevelopment of Gold Coast Airport, which will transform the gateway to the Gold Coast and northern NSW and improve the experience for our passengers. The AU$200 million southern terminal expansion will double the footprint of the existing facility, delivering four aerobridges, additional retail space and new boarding, departure lounge, baggage handling and border-control facilities.

Importantly, the project will address current capacity issues while paving the way for future passenger growth. Currently, about 6.5 million passengers pass through Gold Coast Airport every year, with that figure expected to more than double by 2037.

Construction of a new Rydges-branded hotel – the first hotel on site at Gold Coast Airport – has also begun, which will improve the offer and experience for passengers in the future. The hotel is on track to be delivered by mid-2020, while the new southern terminal is scheduled to open in mid-2021. Once that is complete, the existing terminal will be redeveloped.

What is your favourite feature of the development?

Redeveloping Gold Coast Airport to face the future

The new terminal will see the provision of four aerobridges, which have long been called for by our passengers and we are excited to deliver. We are also pleased with the innovative use of space in the new terminal, which will allow us to switch between international services – the main operations serviced in the new terminal – and domestic services. This will be done based on demand, using a specially-designed swing gate system.

Have you come up against any challenges?

The number one challenge for us throughout this project has been to ensure the existing terminal is able to operate safely and efficiently during construction. One of our most complex operational challenges has been to ensure our luggage tugs are able to access our existing baggage handling room in the terminal without interruption. This is difficult given the new terminal is being built directly over the entry to the existing baggage handling area. To overcome this, our team has devised a plan to create a tunnelled pathway for the tugs, incorporating a swing-gate system controlled by designated operators, to ensure the separation of the site. This will include everything from lighting, fire detection and ventilation to the security requirements needed to achieve required approvals, while maintaining a safe working environment. The two-way tunnel will be approximately 100m in length once complete and will be incorporated into the design of the new terminal.

How have you made sure the expansion fits within your environmental policy?

Gold Coast Airport’s environmental policy was a key focus during our planning on the Southern Terminal Expansion. This policy is addressed through the implementation of GCA’s Environment Management System. Key components of this system include addressing construction and ongoing impacts on the natural environment and any sustainability considerations. Under this framework, a project-specific Construction and Environment Management Plan was developed to manage these risks. Sustainability considerations also formed a key component of the design, including lighting controls and energy-efficient chillers.

Furthermore, our commitment to sustainability is evidenced by the fact Gold Coast Airport’s parent company, Queensland Airports Limited, recently became one of the first Australian airport groups to secure sustainability-linked bank loan to help fund the terminal expansion. These loans are based on our carbon accreditation and commitment to carbon-emission reduction across all operations at the airport.

What is the best way you have increased capacity at the airport?

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As one of Australia’s fastest-growing airports, Gold Coast Airport is faced with an ever-increasing demand for aircraft parking. The airport’s existing apron – constructed in 1979 for since-decommissioned aircraft types – was at risk of becoming inefficient for the busy aviation hub. With passenger numbers growing, a total apron reconfiguration was necessary prior to the start of construction of the new terminal. This project saw aircraft stands reconfigured to a Multiple Aircraft Ramp System (MARS) to create more parking space, and the installation of nearly one kilometre of jet fuel pipeline beneath the active apron.

The Joint User Hydrant Infrastructure (JUHI) expansion project was delivered between June 2017 and November 2018 by Gold Coast Airport and Caltex, with the reconfiguration delivering four additional Code C (narrow body) or three Code E (wide body) aircraft positions, taking the airport’s capacity to 19 parking stands once the terminal expansion is complete. This paves the way for expanded capacity into the future.

Biography

In the next few years, more than $550 million is being invested across the Queensland Airports Limited group and Carl Bruhn is leading the team that will deliver the extensive capital program. Bruhn is Queensland Airports Limited Executive General Manager Property and Infrastructure and is responsible for overseeing development activity at Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports. His team will deliver a large programme of works across the group in coming years, including the $200 million Southern Terminal Expansion and a $50 million airport hotel underway at Gold Coast Airport. An expert in urban development, Bruhn is also a member of the Gold Coast Light Rail Business Advisory Group and a Fellow of the Urban Development Institute of Australia. He spent a number of years with Lendlease as General Manager Town Centres and Senior Project Director on the Varsity Lakes project.

 

 

Source: www.internationalairportreview.com

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Developments

Uni Backs Gold Coast Student Housing Tower Plan

Uni Backs Gold Coast Student Housing Tower Plan (1)

Developer GC1st has lodged plans for a 12-storey student accommodation tower on the Gold Coast to be branded by Southern Cross University.

The application for a 173-unit tower at 99 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga includes 223 bedrooms, communal areas for studying, dining and recreation as well as a cafe and kiosk on the ground floor.

The design by BDA architects shows a mix of single and queen studio apartments as well as single rooms with shared kitchens and bathrooms.

The building, to be located near Gold Coast Airport and Kirra beach, would have a single level of basement parking as there was an “emphasis being placed on bicycle parking due to the student population and strong transport links in this location”, according to the application.

Uni Backs Gold Coast Student Housing Tower Plan (2)

Southern Cross University vice chancellor professor Adam Shoemaker said although they agreed to brand the tower with the university’s colours, they provided no financial outlay.

“The growth of our Gold Coast campus continues and there are very limited opportunities for students in terms of accommodation,” Shoemaker said.

“Although the Covid-19 crisis has caused a significant drop in international students, now is the time to get the planning and construction under way for such a project so that we are ready as soon as possible after the borders do re-open.”

Prior to the pandemic, international student enrolments reached 350,000 in Australia and the sector was trying to catch up with demands for accommodation.

Covid-19 hit the sector hard with international arrivals dropping to new lows and only a few universities participating in scaled student trials.

In recent months some student accommodation towers have also been repurposed for temporary crisis housing or mandatory 14-day quarantine for returned travellers.

Shoemaker said this latest development had merit and the university would work together to promote it to prospective students in the future.

“Equally, we have many domestic students from interstate and other parts of Queensland who would like to live much closer to campus,” Shoemaker said.

“We have accommodation at our Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses and this service would be a welcome addition to the southern Gold Coast.”

 

 

 

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Burleigh Heads Twin 22-Storey Towers Approved

Burleigh Heads Twin 22-Storey Towers Approved (1)

Two 22-storey towers have been approved in Burleigh Heads at the southern end of the Gold Coast, backed by developer Nielson Properties.

The beachfront towers, located at 48-58 The Esplanade and First Ave, had been supported by a majority of councillors in a council planning committee held last Thursday, in a nod that will see the first five-star hotel in the area.

The final determination on the Burleigh Heads project was made on Tuesday when full council came to vote.

The $350 million development project, in conjunction with Pointcorp’s Chris Vitale, comprises a 132-room luxury hotel and 77 residential apartments on the amalgamated 4039sq m Burleigh Heads site.

Burleigh Heads Twin 22-Storey Towers Approved (3)

The Burleigh Heads site has been occupied by the 49-unit White Horse Holiday apartments, which Nielson Properties secured under a put-and-call deal for $22 million in 2018.

Plans for the existing unit block would see the complex demolished, making way for the two towers, standing 79.5 metres high, and 394 car parks over three-levels of basement car-parking.

Gold Coast locals who were against the project raised concern about the development’s height and density arguing that the towers would cause shadowing of recreational areas and the beach, while the Community Alliance said the development was inconsistent with council’s own Burleigh Heads Place Analysis study.

Burleigh Heads Twin 22-Storey Towers Approved (2)

Nearby, Sydney-based Weiya Holdings has plans for a 14-storey building at the Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade at 64 Goodwin Terrace.

Weiya Holdings purchased the site for $18.5 million in August of 2019, with plans to keep the façade of the existing two-storey Burleigh theatre building.

Down the road, Brisbane-based developer Spyre Group was approved for its 18-storey apartment tower located at 112 The Esplanade in Burleigh.

Spyre Group, led by Andrew Malouf, secured the $16 million site from the eight owners of the existing 12-year old apartment building originally developed by Mimi Macpherson, sister of supermodel Elle, in 2003.

Nielson Properties is also behind a 50,000sq m office project at 205 North Quay in Brisbane CBD with Cbus Property.

 

 

 

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Gold Coast

Broadbeach Waters waterfront trophy home sold for $5.7 million

Broadbeach Waters waterfront trophy home sold for $5.7 million (1)

An architect designed home nestled on a 1,608sqm block in Gold Coast’s Broadbeach Waters has been sold for $5.7 million.

The 853 sqm house at 327 Monago Street comprises 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, designer kitchen and multiple indoor and outdoor living and entertaining areas.

The light-filled living and dining zone comes with wood-burning fireplace, custom-built cabinetry and electronic blinds.

Broadbeach Waters waterfront trophy home sold for $5.7 million (3)

There is an executive office with library, plus separate office or boardroom with separate entrance.

The home also features rumpus room, water frontage, outdoor dining pavilion, pool, and water features.

Broadbeach Waters waterfront trophy home sold for $5.7 million (2)

It is situated close to Albert Part, Star Casino and golden beaches.

Michael Kollosche and Ryan Ward from Kollosche Broadbeach sold the property.

It was last sold in 2015 for $3.15 million.

 

 

 

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