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QCatering. Brisbane, Queensland. Australia

Client
Qantas
Services
Building Construction Engineering Expertise
Value
$80 million
Duration
August 2011-May 2013
Project partners
Beca

QCatering. Brisbane, Queensland. Australia

Award winning design and construction

QCatering. Brisbane, Queensland. Australia

Award winning design and construction

QCatering. Brisbane, Queensland. Australia

Award winning design and construction

Full project details

Laing O’Rourke, in a partnership with Beca, designed and constructed the Q Catering Facility – a new combined food manufacturing, commercial kitchen, and food assembly and logistics complex for Qantas Airways at Brisbane Airport.

The 8,310m² single-storey, temperature controlled, semi-automated assembly plant for airline catering products includes dedicated landside receival and airside dispatch docks, administration offices, undercroft for waste conveyors, an automated process production floor, 120 car park spaces and on-site circulation.

The new facility incorporates some automation, reducing the time taken to assemble catering requirements for a flight. This reduction in assembly time means food and equipment is prepared closer to departure times, leading to a fresher product for consumers. Automation also reduces the number of times a flight lot is handled, as well as associated costs and risks. 

The Q Catering design is eco-friendly, with initiatives for rainwater harvesting, recycled water, energy efficient equipment, LPG supplied boilers, water sensitive urban design and construction environmental management.

The centre includes robotic food-handling technology, specialised technology to track equipment throughout the centre and an advanced under-floor waste processing system to improve hygiene and reduce landfill.

The new Q Catering base adds to Laing O'Rourke's proud history of working with the Brisbane Airport Corporation on a series of projects over the past two decades, and a return to working with Qantas with whom we've previously delivered terminal infrastructure in Sydney and Brisbane.

The whole facility is set up to get meals from catering centres like these and on to aircraft in the quickest time to ensure freshness.

Neil PerryQantas Consulting Chef

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