The Western Sydney Airport has reached a major milestone as Expressions of Interest are called for a major contract to complete the mammoth task of clearing and levelling the site.
The Western Sydney Airport is almost double the size of Sydney's existing Kingsford Smith Airport. The Badgerys Creek site spans over 1780 hectares and considerable work will need to be undertaken to transform it into an operational airport by 2026.
22 million cubic metres of soil will need to be removed to level the site. The difference in height between the lowest and highest point of the site is the equivalent of a 12-storey building.
This major contract is expected to be awarded by mid-2019 and major earthworks are expected to begin in the second half of 2019. ROI's for the Early earthworks contracts have closed and work is expected to begin before the end of this year.
Stage 1 of construction of the Western Sydney Airport will include the following;
- earthworks to move and redistribute 22 million cubic metres of soil on the Badgerys Creek site;
- a 3.7 kilometre runway, aprons, taxiways and other appropriate aviation facilities;
- a multi-level terminal with a floor area of up to 90,000 square metres;
- drainage and utilities;
- car-parking facilities for around 11,500 cars; and
- on-site roads.
Source: Federal Government of Australia