Airport Link

Airport Link

Client | Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council
Location | Brisbane, Queensland
Role | Business Case Manager, Risk Manager, Transaction Advisor

Airport Link is a 5.25 kilometre twin toll-road tunnel catering for traffic from Bowen Hills in the south to Kedron in the north and the Brisbane Airport in the north-east and is one of five key transport infrastructure projects identified in the Brisbane City Council TransApex strategy.

The engagement was to assist the client to undertake a detailed feasibility study of the Airport Link project, seek Queensland Government approval for funding for the project to proceed to procurement, and to provide transaction advisory services for the procurement phase.

Scope of Work

  • Leadership and management of the development of a business case under the Queensland Government’s value-for-money framework including the coordination and management of inputs from a large multi-disciplinary team
  • Leadership of the development of the procurement options and value-for-money assessment methodologies
  • Leadership of the development of a project risk framework that assessed process and project risks and which included detailed evaluation of risks and mitigation strategies
  • Management of legal, commercial and economic consultancies during the business case phase
  • Leadership of the development of the procurement strategy and commercial principles
  • Transaction advisor providing procurement and risk advisory services during the transaction phase

Key Achievements

  • Development of a high quality business case which assessed the feasibility of the project including cost, environmental and social impact, commercial environment, preferred delivery option
  • Concurrent development and simultaneous delivery of the Airport Link and Northern Busway business cases
  • Management of the development of integrated procurement strategy for Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council
  • Identification of key project procurement risks and development of mitigation strategies
  • Approval from Queensland Government to proceed with both Airport Link and the Northern Busway as a joint procurement
  • Transaction strategy and advisory services for an unprecedented mix of publicly and privately financed infrastructure