RAAF Base Darwin is one of the Royal Australian Air Force’s main forward operating bases. It is located at 6.5km north-east of the City of Darwin and shares the runway with Darwin International Airport. Aurecon were engaged by the Department of Defence to undertake extension works to the Flight Planning Office located within the Air Movement Terminal at the Base. Aurecon engaged Intract Australia to undertake the construction works.
Scope of Work
Project was for the delivery of earthworks, construction of a new office space and refurbishment of a new building. Interior works included installation of a partition to segregate the existing office from the locker room, installation of new kitchenette and joinery, extension of the existing room to accommodate two new office spaces, a common corridor, toilet and a small kitchenette.
Works included concrete slab works, structural works, roofing and cladding, installation of acoustically treated walls, installation of doors and windows, lighting, electrical, data and communications, plumbing, installation of tile ceilings, and the installation of air conditioning units, sprinklers, emergency lighting, electrical wiring, interconnected system speakers, security locks, worktops, vinyl flooring, toilets and basins.
Because RAAF Base Darwin is an operational airport and the works occurred on the Airside portion of the Base, the project delivery team worked closely with and complied to all Defence requirements to ensure the protection of aircraft during taxiing, take-off and landing. Foreign object debris (FOD) checks were regularly conducted and works were stopped whenever the Defence Works Officer advised of critical aircraft movements.
Local and Indigenous Participation
Project completed 5000 workhours without incurring any safety or environmental incidents. Workforce peaked at eight with two Indigenous personnel on site achieving an Indigenous Participation of 29%. All site personnel were baseline cleared and held relevant Defence Common Access Cards.