Work has commenced on Qantas Founders Museum’s $11.3 million Luminescent Longreach Stage 1: Airpark Roof Project in Queensland with the installation of the structure’s footings underway.
The Luminescent Longreach Stage One Airpark Roof Project is the first of a two stage process to create a new light and sound experience at the Qantas Founders Museum.
Stage One of the project will see the construction of a roof cover over the Museum’s aircraft including the Boeing 747, Boeing 707, Catalina Flying Boat and Super Constellation. Once completed the roof will provide protection to the Museum’s visitors and aircraft from the harsh weather conditions experienced by Longreach. Watpac has been appointed to deliver the project and have begun placing the footings for the roof structure.
This stage also includes a viewing platform 9.5 m above ground level with access via a lift and stairs, lighting for night tours, footpaths, landscaping and fencing.
Stage 2 of the project includes the construction of a walkway around the aircraft and light and sound show night experience.
Qantas Founders Museum CEO Tony Martin the Luminescent Longreach Project has been planned for over two years.
“The Luminescent Longreach Project will have a substantial impact on our museum, visitors, community and displays – we cannot wait to see it completed.”
Once both Stage 1 and 2 are completed, Qantas Founders Museum is expected to increase its visitor numbers by 33%.
The project is expected to be completed in 2020 to celebrate the centenary of Qantas.