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Concrete pour means airport hotel ready for takeoff

Steve Marais and Carl Bruhn at GCA hotel site

Two million litres of concrete were poured over the past two weeks to build the foundations of the Gold Coast Airport’s new $50 million hotel.

More than 330 trucks delivered around 2050 cubic metres of concrete on the first two Saturdays of June, paving the way for construction works to begin.

The hotel is being built by local construction company Condev on behalf of developer Trepang.

Upon completion, the hotel will be seven storeys tall with 192 rooms, topped by a rooftop bar and viewing deck. It will connect to the expanded terminal via a plaza.

Queensland Airports Limited Executive General Manager Property and Infrastructure Carl Bruhn said the task required considerable coordination.

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“The most challenging part of this project was its location – in the middle of a busy airport precinct. Meticulous planning went into making sure the airport continued to run smoothly while a massive logistical exercise took place on its doorstep,” he said.

“Trucks were dispatched from north and south of the site – Burleigh Heads and Chinderah – to minimise the traffic impact on roads leading to the airport.

“There were about 100 workers on site during both weekends to get the job done as efficiently as possible.”

Condev Construction Executive Chairman Steve Marais said his team was extremely proud to be awarded the construction of Gold Coasts Airport’s first hotel.

“It will be very rewarding and exciting to be part of the first airport hotel in such an iconic location,” he said.

The projects are part of almost $500 million being invested into the airport and is expected to be completed by mid-2020.

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