Airservices opens new engineering building at Melbourne

22 Aug 2012

Airservices has today officially opened a new projects and engineering building at its Melbourne Airport compound, consolidating staff into one central location to improve service delivery to industry and ensuring technical staff have a working environment tailored to their requirements.

The new $20 million facility is part of the rebuilding of Airservices involving a capital works program of $942 million over the next five years.

Airservices Acting Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Clark, said the new facility replaces several disparate buildings which were in excess of 30 years of age and were increasingly difficult to manage.

“For our 330 Projects and Engineering staff in Melbourne, this new facility will improve service delivery and staff conditions while integrating with key elements of the Melbourne airport compound,” said Mr Clark.

“These staff play a key role in ensuring safety-critical aviation equipment, including instrument landing systems, radars and other navigation aids, are appropriately maintained in Melbourne and around the country.”

The scope of works by contractor Hansen Yuncken included environmentally responsible building techniques and materials to construct approximately 4,200m2 of office space and 1,140m2 of maintenance workshop space.

This led to Airservices achieving a five star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

The building’s design incorporates solar water heating, recycling of rain water for toilet flushing, sub floor air-conditioning delivery and motorised window shades.

The state-of-the-art building provides an open-plan, collaborative working space and is one of three major construction projects being under taken by Airservices at Melbourne Airport, including a new air traffic control tower and an aviation fire and rescue hot fire training ground.