Client Name: Auckland International Airport Ltd
Project Value: $11.5M
Location: Auckland Airport
Completion Date: October 2019

This project involved the design and construction of an air traffic control facility built for Airways, the Auckland International Airport Ltd property development arm.

The building is located on a brownfield site, outside of the airport ‘air side’ operations, and is part of their wider urban development scheme. The building has a high architectural finish to reflect this, including a New Zealand first; mirror-finished aluminium composite cladding.

The technical aspect of this project was the greatest challenge to deliver – the building offers multiple functions through services coordination:

  • Data centre / server farm.
  • Secure facility with restricted access.
  • Above ground bunker; capacity to run a 24/7 operation through multiple emergency scenarios.
  • A day-in /day-out workplace.

It has been designed and constructed to an Importance Level 4 rating in order to:

  • cater to a seismic structural resilience 100% of NBS.
  • withstand up to 100kg/m2 of volcanic ash on the roof.
  • seismically restrain the building services to an ultimate limit state seismic event.

Catering to the above, the design team built in a multi-layered services package which was fully coordinated at a developed design level in BIM.

Detailing the design into the buildable shop package was actioned through a shared, collaborative BIM component between the construction team (main contractor and subcontractors) and design team through a series of BIM meetings. Further modelling was undertaken by the subcontractors, then clash coordinated and resolved in these meetings.

A key success of this project was team collaboration. All parties engaged with Airways’ brief at each stage of the project lifecycle to ensure excellence in project delivery.


Constructive BIM Innovation Awards – 2019

Inaugural recipient of the Constructive BIM Innovation Award – Projects Under $25m

NZ Commercial Project Awards – 2019/20

Gold – Carters Commercial Category

NZ Institute of Building Awards – 2020

Highly Commended – Steel Construction NZ Projects $10-$20m Award – Dylan Kane