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ohn Holland wins $117m Melbourne Airport terminal expansion job


Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) p/l has appointed the John Holland Group as its managing contractor to deliver a series of projects under the strategic terminal expansion program for Melbourne Airport.

The airport awarded it two expansion projects worth $117m and made it preferred contractor on the third project worth $84m.

John Holland's southern region will deliver major expansions to Melbourne Airport's International Terminal, adding five new aircraft gates, a new international baggage processing system and a new outbound passenger and retail precinct to the existing terminal, as part of an intended $330m investment.

Melbourne's population grew by 62,000 in the last year and it has been overtaking Sydney since 2000.

Work started mid November with the establishment of a site office and on the projects at the end of November. The program represents one of the biggest private sector construction contracts in Victoria and the biggest private sector investment in Victorian transport infrastructure.

John Holland's MD David Stewart said, “John Holland's work will be undertaken in a fully operational environment. So we will work in partnership with the airport to ensure that work is carried out in a safe and timely way, without delaying passengers or freight.”

Peter Kessler, southern region GM said, “This award continues a strong partnership between John Holland and Melbourne Airport. Together, we won the 2006 Australian Construction Achievement Award for runway widening works.”

More recently, Melbourne Airport and John Holland formed a five year relationship framework contract for infrastructure works, starting with the taxiway Victor contract, which is currently underway.

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