NZ firm to partner in major Fiji airport upgrade

23/06/2014

New Zealand construction firm Hawkins and Fijian joint venture partner Pacific Building Solutions (PBS) are due to start a major upgrade to Fiji’s main international gateway – Nadi airport, in mid-July.<!--more-->

The Nadi International Airport Modernisation project will take 16 months to be completed and will cost about $50million. It will involve the demolition, construction, refurbishment and modernisation of the South Pacific’s most integral airport. It is part of a large modernisation programme being implemented by the Fijian Government.

Hawkins will bring its extensive airport knowledge and skills while joint venture PBS providing local resources and an understanding of Fiji’s weather and construction processes.

Hawkins Construction Manager Paul Youngman, who recently worked on the integrated terminal project at Christchurch International Airport, says “this is a great opportunity for Hawkins to bring our experience and knowledge of working in live airport environments and share that with local company PBS. Through working closely with PBS we will encourage local involvement in the project and opportunities for up skilling their employees.”

The firm’s experience on working on several such projects in New Zealand will help the construction process in Nadi, according to Mr Youngman. “Working in a live airport environment can seem daunting at first but Hawkins is well used to it by now. You not only have to be mindful of noise, dust, safety and that the public and airport community are not inconvenienced but also be constantly aware of security protocols and procedures,” he added.

Work is set to begin on 15 July 2014 with a completion date of 15 October 2015. The modernisation project will see a 4000sqm increase in floor space, a newly built check-in building, additional counters, more carousels, improved accessibility, higher ceilings, improved passenger flow and new safety systems.

During construction the airport will remain fully operational.

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