Melbourne Airport


Melbourne Airport


Melbourne, Victoria


$100 Million

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Airport Drive & Steele Creek North Stormwater Enhancement Project

Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty Ltd (APAM) appointed North Projects as a specialist Infrastructure Project Manager and Superintendent to deliver this major land side infrastructure project for Melbourne Airport. North were responsible for the design development, procurement and delivery of this project.


  • Create a second major entry to the airport by providing direct access from the Western Ring Road.
  • Provide for efficient separation of passenger and non-passenger vehicle movements.
  • Open up access to previously unused Melbourne Airport Business Park land, making 220 hectares of industrial and business zoned land profitable.
  • Improve stormwater quality to achieve leading edge standards including reduction of peak flow rates and ability to conserve and treat water for use as an alternative water supply.


  • The project had a tight timeframe, a large range of interfaces, countless stakeholders and intense permit requirements.
  • Prior to tender, the three design components: Roads & Services, Drainage and Landscaping, that had previously been managed as three separate projects were merged together to form one large project.
  • Maintaining a cohesive and collaborative team during the life of the project was of upmost importance to the successful delivery of the project.
  • The site spanned a length of approximately 3km and was neighboured by 4 live construction sites, land in planning stages of development, and a host of businesses and local residents.
  • Project success was dependent on close and concise communication channels between all stakeholders, contractors and other interested parties.

North Projects adopted a hands on approach to the management of the Airport Drive Extension and Steele Creek North Stormwater Enhancement Project, maintaining a full-time site presence during the construction phase.

This ensured early identification of any issues on site and timely involvement for issue resolution and also fostered a collaborative relationship with the Contractor with a high level of transparency.

Key Initiatives

  • Created a comprehensive EOI process to shortlist suitable contractors
  • Took responsibility for the co-ordination of design documents
  • Engaged an Independent Certifying Engineer, located on-site full time with the North Projects team
  • Set the benchmark for all activities higher than ‘the norm’ from day one
  • No tolerance was allowed on OH&S with on-site safety and quality continually challenged
  • Weekly and Monthly updates – keeping all parties/stakeholders informed
  • Dedicated North Projects, John Holland and GHD resources to ensure the successful project completion

The project was completed safely, on time and under budget using an integrated team approach.

The contract process was proactively managed and monitored throughout.


Planned: 1 July 2015
Actual: Network opened 28 June 2015
Deliverable exceeded


Planned: Less than 4 Lost Time Injuries and 17 Medical Treatment Injuries per million man hours
Actual: 0 Lost Time Injuries and 5.6 Medical Treatment Injuries per million man hours
Deliverable exceeded


Planned: <$100m
Actual: <$100m
Deliverable achieved

The Airport Drive and Steele Creek North Stormwater Enhancement project was successfully completed on time, on budget and safely, free of LTI’s.

Due to the successful completion of this project North Projects is now a key member of APAM’s delivery team.

There’s more to North

The process of effectiveness and pro-activity that led to such great outcomes is typical of what to expect from North. This project was setup for success, managed by North people, using the North approach. The governance and communication levels are what makes North ‘a safe pair of hands’.


North had the ability to project manage and coordinate a large team with a very tight construction program.
Leigh Holmes, Principal Consultant – Water Team Manager, Spiire Australia Pty Ltd
North Projects were instrumental in the successful delivery of the Airport Drive project. Their experience won them the project, but it was their commitment and attitude that ensured its success.
Linc Horton, Chief of Property, Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty Ltd