Construction on the new $10 million Aviation Australia campus at Brisbane Airport begins today, with the building contract awarded to ADCO.
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe said the project is a continuation of a long term relationship with Aviation Australia.
“BAC is proud to invest in new education and training facilities that will enable our long term tenant Aviation Australia to expand its world-class training offer,” Ms Alroe said.
“We are delighted to have leading national builders ADCO on board to work with our BNE Property team to deliver a unique custom built facility for Aviation Australia,” she said.
Due for completion in early 2016, the new 5,000m2 facility will replace and expand the current corporate office, providing 20 new lecture rooms, a technical training centre and café.
The development will be a significant expansion to Aviation Australia’s base at Brisbane Airport, which includes an existing training centre and airside hangar, taking the total lease area to approximately 19,000m2.
Aviation Australia CEO Bill Horrocks said the new facility will be able to accommodate an additional 500 students at the campus and support the future growth of the business.
“Our new facility will continue to improve the services we offer to the aviation industry and our growing domestic and international customer demand,” he said.
Aviation Australia provided training to over 1000 students in the last year alone, across a broad range of aviation related disciplines such as engineering, cabin crew, aviation security and ground operations. These students came from all corners of the globe including China, the Middle East and the South Pacific.
Mr Horrocks said the new facility will include CareFlight’s Helicopter Emergency Services (HEMS) Academy with Australia’s first Augusta Westland 139 helicopter full flight simulator, delivered as part of partnership with Thales, a global technology leader in the aerospace, transportation and defence and security markets.
“We are proud to be partnering with the CareFlight HEMS Academy which provides life-saving training to thousands of aviation and medical professionals each year,” Mr Horrocks said.
“The introduction of the full flight simulator, which is at the forefront of innovation in helicopter flight training and is the most advanced civil helicopter simulator on the market, enables the new facility to service the training requirements of CareFlight and other AW139 operators in Australia and internationally.”
The building will accommodate 20 CareFlight staff and students, as well as 50 Aviation Australia staff.
Ms Alroe said the 500m2 café has been included in the development to cater for these additional staff and students as well as the businesses in the wider precinct.
“The Airport South precinct is a growing business hub home to a wide range of logistics, aviation, training and technology businesses including DHL, Airservices, Mitsubishi and QUT,” Ms Alroe said.
“Connected to the Brisbane City Council bus network, with retail precinct Skygate just minutes away, the precinct is an attractive business destination,” she said.