US-based CH2M HILL has entered a contract with Australia’s Melbourne Airport to provide project management services for the first phase of its runway development programme.

The airport has been seeing a steep growth trajectory and is foreseeing a rising demand on air travel.

CH2M HILL will be providing project management services for this phase of the runway development programme, which will include feasibility design.

Under the project, the airport will see the construction of a runway, in addition to its two existing runways.

According to the airport, it is expected to support the direct employment of 23,000 people and contribute $3.21bn to the Victorian gross state product.

"The project aims to meet the 2033 forecasted capacity demand of 64m annual passengers by developing a third runway."

With the existing population of 4.35m metropolitan inhabitants in Melbourne, the project aims to meet the 2033 forecasted capacity demand of 64m annual passengers by developing a third runway.

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The scope of work includes a new 3,000m runway that can support the Airbus 380 and other next-generation aircraft. The runway will be built in parallel to an existing east-west aligned runway, which will be lengthened and widened to facilitate simultaneous operations on the airfield.

Headquartered at Colorado, US, CH2M HILL employs approximately 26,000 people with offices on six continents. They also provide design integrated solutions to clients in energy, water, environment and infrastructure.

Image: CH2M HILL to provide project management services for the Melbourne Airport. Photo: courtesy of CH2M HILL.