Airservices to upgrade Gold Coast Airport Control Tower

Airservices is to refurbish and upgrade the control tower at Gold Coast Airport.
The work, part of a program to modernise and upgrade 28 operational air traffic control towers and systems across the country, will begin in the first week of October.
The refurbishment will cost $2.3 million dollars with the improvements providing a better and safer working environment for controllers at the fifth busiest international airport in the country.

The current Gold Coast Airport Control Tower complex was built in1989 and commissioned in 1990. The extensive refurbishment program will extend the life of the tower for another 20 years.

Senior Project Manager for Airservices, Brad Shaxson, said, I was the original project manager delivering the operational facility back in 1989-90 to help our staff have a better environment to safely control air navigation in the Gold Coast region. I am looking forward to delivering this upgrade as part of the continuous improvement in safety and better and more efficient working environments.

The program will replace ageing mechanical, electrical, security and fire services with modern energy efficient systems including the installation of new ecologically sustainable items such as rain water tanks, and energy efficient plumbing and lighting systems.

Replacement of corroded external cladding on the tower and re-painting the administration and services building will ensure a longer life and reduced maintenance costs.

As the Gold Coast Tower is operational from 05.30 to 23:00 seven days a week and will remain on-line and operational during the refurbishment, some of the essential work will need to be carried out overnight.

The construction work has been carefully planned by Airservices and contractors Badge Construction to minimise environmental issues such as noise, dust and lighting and to minimise any impact on the airports neighbours.

The work is expected to be completed by February 2012.

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