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, by Auckland International Airport Ltd property development arm.

The building is located on a brown field site, outside of the airport ‘air side’ operations, and is part of their wider urban development scheme. The building is 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 central challenge to the delivery. In effect the building has multiple functions realised through the services coordination and function:

  • 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 is designed and constructed to an Importance Level 4 rating. It has been designed and constructed 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 success of this project was team collaboration around excellence in project delivery.  Engaging with Airway’s brief across the process by all parties during the project lifecycle was key.


Constructive BIM Innovation Awards – 2019

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