CPB Contractors and Acciona joint venture (JV) has secured a contract for airside civil and pavement works, including taxiways and runway, at Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport (WSIA) in Australia.

The contract includes airside services and utilities, including aircraft pavements, aircraft isolation pad and airside roads.

It also involves landscaping and aeronautical ground lighting system (including related sub-station buildings), as well as other specialist systems.

The 3.7km runway and rapid-exit taxiways construction, which is anticipated to provide over 1,200 direct job opportunities, will begin next year.

This is the third project secured by the JV from Western Sydney Airport, following two earthworks packages.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher MP said: “We’ve spent several years preparing the airport site, including moving 18 million cubic metres of earth to date, and the awarding of this contract means that from next year construction on the new airport runway and taxiways can begin.”

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Minister for Finance Simon Birmingham said: “With the contract for these major pavement works now locked in, billions in economic activity can continue to progress and many more of the thousands of direct and indirect jobs set to be created from the project can flow at a time when stimulus in Western Sydney is more critical than ever.”

Additionally, construction work on the integrated passenger terminal will commence at the end of this year.

The airport, which will have a capacity to manage nearly ten million passengers annually, is expected to begin operations in 2026.

The Morrison Government will provide nearly $3.87bn (A$5.3bn) for the delivery of this project.

Around $6.58bn (A$9bn) will be spent on the development of vital rail and road links to transform the region.

These cover the $2.56bn (A$3.5bn) investment for new major road infrastructure and upgrades under the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, along with $3.8bn (A$5.25bn) towards the first phase of the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport rail link.

In June, the airport revealed the final design of its passenger terminal.

Aboriginal communities were consulted during the design’s development.

The initial concepts were unveiled two years ago while the final design kept the key design principles.