Airport works start with soil sampling

Moving ahead: Soil sampling underway with Jai Williams, of Williams Excavations, project manager Jenny Symons and Adam Helak, of Tasman Engineering.
Moving ahead: Soil sampling underway with Jai Williams, of Williams Excavations, project manager Jenny Symons and Adam Helak, of Tasman Engineering.

Work has started at Merimbula Airport on soil sampling in preparation for the extension of the terminal building. 

The work follows a meeting of airport users in September when plans for the terminal extension were discussed.

Four soil samples were taken on Tuesday, October 17 by Tasman Engineering and they will be assessed for strength in the soil and sub-strata and analysed for the soil specifications and characteristics, project manager Jenny Symons said.

“This is about the civil and structural engineering for stormwater and the terminal,” Ms Symons said.

This is about the civil and structural engineering for stormwater and the terminal.

Airport project engineer Jenny Symons

It is also about future planning with the possibility of car parking being considered. 

Architect Steve Turner, of STEA said the terminal would extend just past the airside gates and would include airport screening, a search room, upgraded staff room and the separation of incoming and departing passengers.

The plan is to incorporate a new section of building that will sit behind the current building and will allow other sections to be added on either side as funds and need dictate.

An invitation to tender for the work is expected to be issued by the end of January 2018 with work to be finished by the end of that year.