Kehoe Myers was the lead Engineer for the Wellcamp Airport and Wellcamp Business Park developed by the Wagner family. Wellcamp Airport was the first privately funded major airport in the country. The airport has a 2.87km long runway that is 747 capable with fully licensed internal cargo facilities and a world-class passenger terminal. The airport is surrounded by the Wellcamp Business Park which is situated on 500 hectares of land with a planned access to the new Toowoomba Bypass.
Kehoe Myers was a key consultant from the outset of planning. Our team walked over the site and coordinated the geo-technical investigation, project planning, feasibility and cost estimations for establishment of the airport and business park on a greenfield site.
The scale of the precinct provided complexities due to the massive earthworks involved. Additionally there were complexities with the location. The site is located 6 kilometres west of the Toowoomba utilities network. Our team developed concept designs and detailed designs to bring services for water to the site. Our team also developed the design for on-site reticulation of services. Sewerage and drainage collection are managed internally with effluent treatment and provision for recycling on site within a community titles system.
The second range crossing also provided unforeseen challenges. The design of the crossing impacted the runway which had already started construction. The Kehoe Myers team worked collaboratively with the Nexus team to mitigate the potential costs which were expected to be more than $25 million. Our team developed a concept design to redesign a section of the second range crossing. This ensured the runway’s obstacle limitation surface did not restrict the airport’s current and future plans for aircraft landing and departure. This was a great example of how logical and exceptional engineering design can save a lot of public and private funds.
Engineering an airport from greenfield site through to completion required our team to understand and apply the Civil Aviation Authority’s Manual of Standards to this project. Our team continue to work on the Wellcamp Business Park which will be a self-sustaining commercial precinct. Kehoe Myers was proud to be a part of such an iconic facility, not only for Toowoomba, but for all of Australia. Congratulations to the Wagner family for achieving such a huge accomplishment!