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Defence Force facilities


Client: Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

Completion date: Ongoing

Capability: Airports, Defence

Fulton Hogan undertakes maintenance and construction of airport runways for Defence Force facilities across Australia, with an outstanding track record for safety and quality. We’re proud of all our work with the Defence Force and are happy to share some details of recent projects:

Darwin RAAF

Fulton Hogan completed an AU$23m upgrade to the alpha taxiway at the RAAF base in Darwin in 2014. The work included the profiling and widening of the taxiway shoulders, as well as complete resurfacing and an AU$9m aeronautical ground lighting component.

This was the first time that Fulton Hogan had used a foam bitumen base (FBB) course for a Defence project. This project provided value for money, efficiency and was also more environmentally-friendly, due to the reduced CO² emission during construction. Our Fulton Hogan mobile asphalt plant is capable of mixing 170 tonnes an hour and Fulton Hogan produced the FBB on-site, with maximum efficiency, and used 22,000 tonnes of asphalt to resurface the entire taxiway.

Fulton Hogan also provides ongoing maintenance works for the facility, with work involving asphalt patching, line marking, concrete patching, bitumen rejuvenation treatments, re-grassing flanks and crack sealing.

Woomera RAAF

Fulton Hogan undertook an AU$35m upgrade to the RAAF base in Woomera in 2014.Our vertically-integrated business model meant that Fulton Hogan delivered value for money, by supplying 100,000 tonnes of material from its own asphalt plant, which was delivered to the site on 1,700 road trains.

38,000 tonnes of asphalt was used in the upgrade, with more than 20,000 tonnes of recycled material excavated and re-used on-site. This approach had a number of benefits, including a reduced demand for raw material, reduced costs to the client and minimised impact on the environment.

Safety is Fulton Hogan’s number one priority – for our people and our communities. It was evident through this project, with more than 100,000 man hours worked without a single Lost Time to Injury (LTI) – a Zero Harm project.  We were proud to deliver the project on schedule and on budget – a positive outcome for our client and the community.