Full project details
Laing O’Rourke constructed and refurbished maintenance facilities for a fleet of MRH90 Multi-Role Helicopters at Oakey Army Aviation Centre, 160 km west of Brisbane. The $32 million contract for the Department of Defence was 90 per cent construction, with a design and construct portion for the aircraft shelters.
The aircraft shelter development involved building a three-bay hangar with gantry crane, and a new Air Life Support Equipment Workshop. Other constructed facilities included offices, three new helicopter shelters and hardstands, and parking pads.
Laing O’Rourke provided additional site services for the simulator facility and infrastructure works, including a major upgrade of the Oakey Base’s high-voltage power supply. As part of the project, the on-site School of Army Aviation was also reconfigured.
All works were performed within a high security area on the base, while multiple stages were also conducted adjacent to the active airside and airfield aprons. Laing O’Rourke was therefore required to manage the highly controlled access for employees and subcontractors. The works were also subject to strict controls on waste, with sites maintaining a high level of cleanliness to prevent windblown debris.
The project, which was completed in 2011, represented the largest infrastructure investment in Oakey since the base redevelopment in 2004–05.