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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Design changes to Scone airport terminal keep budget on track

An independent DA assessor, and Upper Hunter Shire Council, have approved minor changes to the design of the Warbird Visitor Attraction and Scone Regional Airport Terminal.

The new blueprints will keep the cost of construction within budget by altering some materials and reducing the size of various aspects of the building, offsetting additional fire management infrastructure with a financial plan of up to $1.09 million.

The design and construction is being undertaken by Kingston Building Australia following a tender process.

The project price tag of $23.5 million is maintained with the revised budget.

However, the contingency has been significantly reduced due to the fire management system. 

A special meeting of the Scone Airport Management Committee on 7 January supported the revised design.

And, since council is the applicant and landowner, the application was assessed by an independent planning consultant.

“It did not require notification as the modifications are minor and not likely to change the outcomes of the previous concerns addressed,” a council spokesperson said.

“The overall footprint and height of the terminal component will be reduced by 260m2 and 3.05 metres respectively.

“While the height of the hangar component will be increased by 2.4 metres, that will not result in any significant adverse impacts on surrounding properties or the safe operation of the airport.

“The building is well set back from the road (over 13m) and does not directly adjoin any residential properties.”

Construction of the terminal and Warbirds Visitor Attraction is expected to be completed in 2021.

The airside work being undertaken by Daracon is already underway – including 50,000 square metres of bitumen sealing, more than 60,000 square metres of lime stabilising and in excess of 10,000 tonne of gravel, and 4km of concrete stormwater pipe installed.

That’s scheduled for a March finish date.

The $23.5 million project is proudly supported by the Australian Government, NSW Government and Upper Hunter Shire Council.

For further information, visit https://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au