Wellington Airport Hangar

Impact was appointed project manager for a new hangar being built during 2011. The new hangar was constructed between March – September on land once occupied by the Wellington Aero Club.

Impact’s role was to ensure that the construction phase of the project was delivered to programme/budget and to agreed quality levels.  Impact worked closely with the end user tenant and contractor to ensure that all information between parties was formalised and issued in a managed process. Establishing a robust change management process ensured there were no surprises for either party. In addition, Impact provided the focus on the contractors’ build phase by meeting regularly with the contractor to review progress and ensure suitable actions were taken to mitigate risk with future issues.

The 2000-square-metre hangar is located on the Western Apron of the airport and is operated by ExecuJet Australasia. The 40-metre span roof was initially built entirely on the ground. The roof lift occurred on a fine Wellington day at the end of June 2011. It was raised by a series of cranes to its final position 16.5 metres above the ground.  In order to facilitate a high quality code C aircraft hangar floor, without the need for expansion joints, a post tensioned slab design has been adopted.  Adjacent to the hangar, a two-story support building contains exclusive lounge facilities for arriving and departing passengers as well as administrative offices. The hangar was completed in September 2011.

Update: Click here to view a video of the concrete being poured for the vast area of the post tensioned slab at the hangar.

Wellington Airport is in a growth phase, implementing its 2030 Master Plan which includes key areas of passenger and freight growth, terminal and runway development and integrated land use. In addition, the airport is a challenging environment, handling over five million passengers, 365 days per year and on a very compact site. Impact has always responded to our very challenging goals. Whether it is a retail fit out, or a $60 million terminal redevelopment, they constantly deliver. They provide genuine leadership to our projects, achieve outstanding results and are considered an integral part of our organisation.

- John Howarth, Chief Operating Officer, Wellington International Airport Ltd.