Terminal upgrade will benefit region
Planning, communication and meticulous housekeeping have been the keys to the success of the upgrade to the Tauranga Airport Terminal building, according to Simon Litten, Naylor Love project manager.
“It was our methodology and the time and effort we put into ensuring that we could complete the project with minimal disruption to the running of the airport that was a key factor in us winning the tender,” he says.
It’s a large project, with the ﬂoor area of the terminal more than doubling from 1700sqm to 3800sqm.
The project will include developing separate check in and arrival areas and increasing space for back of house operations, allow for future upgrades and a new, larger lounge.
The new check in area will have state-of-the-art check in kiosks, a baggage drop belt and a new externally accessed courier and cargo ofﬁce.
The improvements will also result in a shorter walk from the terminal for boarding and the café will be expanded and improved. The project has been split into three phases, with the building expansion and new baggage handling building currently in progress.
Work is taking place between the existing terminal building and the runway, meaning a lot of planning required on site to ensure minimal disruption to the operations of the airport, says Simon.
He says that the Naylor Love site team is in constant contact with the airport staff and ﬂexibility is essential due to the changing nature of the ﬂight schedule and weather conditions.
“Projects such as this take time and thought to make sure things work for the construction team but also for the operation of the airport.
“For example, keeping the site extremely clean has been a focus, as rubbish or dust must not enter the runway area.
“We clean up regularly and keep a good handle on this aspect of the project to make sure everything is spick and span.”
At its peak Simon estimates the project will have just 30-40 workers on site due to the project planning and the fact the project has been separated into three phases.
He says graphics on site of the changes planned have drawn interest from the public and helped to keep people informed.
“Passengers are looking forward to the improved facilities, so they’ve been understanding of the process required to achieve that. It will be a real beneﬁt to the region when it’s completed.
“In terms of Naylor Love, it shows we’re capable of working in challenging environments and demonstrates the attention to detail, care and planning that goes into projects.”
Naylor Love is one of the largest national construction companies in New Zealand, with over 500 staff nationwide spread over six regional divisions, including ofﬁces in Tauranga and Hamilton.
The company has been building in New Zealand for more than 100 years. Simon says that this has allowed the company to build long-term relationships with clients.
“Combined with a continuous improvement policy as we strive to deliver measurably the best construction services for our clients Naylor Love brings a unique, collaborative approach to construction in New Zealand,” he says.
As well as a comprehensive construction management skills base, he says that Naylor Love has retained a technical culture.
“This has provided us with a practical and pragmatic site management capability, augmented by the trade supervisors who have an intimate knowledge of the project process ‘at the coal face’,” he says.
The expansion at Tauranga Airport will accommodate the increase in Air New Zealand passenger volumes and provide capacity for other regional network operators to ﬂ y in and out of Tauranga.
Local Iwi have been engaged and have taken on the role of developing better welcoming and farewell messaging along with creating artwork that will tell a story about some of the local Iwi’s history and culture.
There will also be coverage of the history of Tauranga Airport dating back to its opening in January 1939.
The expansion is intended to meet capacity demands up to and beyond 2027. The total budget for the project is $12.7 million.