Menard Oceania Secures Ground Improvement Contract for New Warehouse Construction at Brisbane Airport

Menard Oceania has secured the contract to deliver innovative ground improvement works for a new warehouse development being built on behalf of Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd.

With site work commencing June 2018, the design challenge set for Menard by main contractor Tomkins Commercial Pty Ltd. was to determine the most economical and time efficient design and construct solution whilst also taking the pre-existing ground conditions and environmental constraints associated with this site into consideration. The site is located within the Export Park precinct at Brisbane Airport and is currently vacant land, underlain by deep holocene alluvial soft soils extending to depths of up to 20m.

Menard’s winning approach included the design and construction of an innovative ground improvement scheme that delivers a more economical slab on grade design based on the application of Controlled Modulus Columns (CMC). Ideal for the site, which sits on deep holocene alluvial soft soils. Menard’s smart design and construct solution will save the client both time and money, invaluable to Tomkins when delivering such a project on behalf of Brisbane Airports Corporation.

“Choosing Menard for this project was a smart move and they have quickly become a trusted partner. We needed a team who could hit the ground running and grasp the challenges of the site. Menard’s combined design and ground improvement expertise delivered a clever solution that exceeded our expectations and most importantly met the tight budget and timing criteria set by our client, Brisbane Airport,” said Ashley White from Tomkins Commercial.

When built, the new warehouse development will feature 6000m2 of warehouse area, 1065m2 of commercial office and showroom area, approx. 50 on-grade carparking bays, and associated hardstand. New warehouse tenants are already waiting to move in that include Miele, a German manufacturer of high-end domestic appliances and commercial equipment.

“We understand the warehouse market and its unique challenges. This partnership with Tomkins Commercial has seen us combine our respective bench strengths in ground improvement and warehouse structure design to create a solution for the client that exceeds expectations. We pride ourselves on being easy to work with, delivering cost and time effective solutions. This latest project is a great example of how we collaborate to ensure our clients can build with confidence,” commented Philippe Vincent, Managing Director, Menard Oceania.

The CMC process used by Menard involves reinforcing the soil, effectively increasing the global ground modulus through installation of rigid inclusions. CMCs are formed by rotary drilling techniques using an auger designed to displace the soil laterally during penetration. Importantly on this site where there were some pre-existing environmental constraints to be considered, the CMC technique generates very minimal spoil which also made the overall alternative construction process proposed by Menard very attractive.

Site works commenced early June and are scheduled for completion in approximately 6-8 weeks. Site works commenced early June and Menard’s ground improvement work will take approximately 6-8 weeks. The entire project build is scheduled for completion in approximately 28 weeks.


Menard Oceania maintains an exceptional 45-year history in Australia offering design and construction geotechnical experience. Providing cost effective ground improvement solutions for some of Australia’s mid-to-large infrastructure and construction projects. Its recent completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade, Optus Stadium (Perth) and Melbourne’s Webb Dock Project are Menard’s largest CMC projects in Australia.

Menard Oceania is a part of Soletanche Freyssinet, a group of world leaders in soil, structural and nuclear engineering. This relationship further strengthens Menard’s ability to manage complex integrated problems and continue as the leader and pioneer of specialist geotechnical contracting.

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