Construction firm GHD has completed its design, engineering, project management, construction superintendency and contract administration work on Queensland’s Daydream Island resort.
The resort owners, China Capital Investment group, contracted GHD to upgrade Daydream Island resort and install an underwater observatory, living reef and on land lagoon.
GHD Technical Director — Structures / Property & Buildings, Robby Chohan, said the transformation incorporated all accommodation wings, the central guest facilities, arrivals building, multiple restaurants, buildings and various other front-of-house facilities and features.
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“The design phase was already well underway when the region was devastated by Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, so additional rectification works were incorporated as part of the redevelopment,” Chohan said.
The living reef coral lagoon surrounds the central resort building and is home to more than 100 kinds of aquatic animals.
The on-land reef draws seawater from the ocean and circulates it into the lagoon without treatment. Water flows in naturally via a water management system and then flows out to the ocean, directly into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
“Essentially, we have created a land based extension to the Great Barrier Reef offering a unique snorkelling experience, underwater observatory, reef education centre and underwater function facility,” Chohan said.
GHD maintained a full-time site presence once the project moved into construction.