Airservices begins construction on technical services facility in Melbourne09-12-2010 -
Airservices Australia today marked the start of construction of a new technical services facility at Melbourne Airport.
The new centre will house the engineers, technicians and equipment required to maintain the safety and integrity of Australia’s air navigation system and will cost close to $20 million.
Airservices General Manager Technology and Asset Services, Alastair Hodgson, said that the new facility was part of a multi-million dollar upgrade to aviation infrastructure at Melbourne Airport by the national air navigation service provider.
“The new facility will replace five existing buildings which predate the opening of Melbourne Airport, and consolidate staff and functions from seven separate facilities,” Mr Hodgson said.
“The two-storey building will allow us to bring existing resources into a central location and will be an integral part of Airservices operations at Melbourne Airport over the next 20 years.”
The new technical services facility will feature approximately 4200 square metres of office space which will accommodate around 280 employees and a further 1140 square metres of maintenance workshop space.
The project is part of a five-year, $900 million upgrade of Airservices infrastructure, communications, navigation and surveillance capabilities.
In Melbourne, this investment also includes a new $17 million air traffic control tower and the introduction of an Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) and a Category 3 Instrument Landing System (ILS).
Mr Hodgson said the upgrades were the result of significant planning and investment by Airservices, the airport and other key stakeholders in the aviation industry.
Airservices Technology and Asset Services business unit manages technical and asset support for systems, facilities and communications infrastructure.
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