Daydreaming engineers pull off impressive resort project

Creating a living reef coral lagoon is not a regular construction task, but then rebuilding Queensland’s Daydream Island Resort is no regular redevelopment.

Professional services company GHD recently joined celebrations to mark the reopening of the Whitsunday islands resort after a $120 million rebuild by owners China Capital Investment Group.

GHD provided services including design, engineering, project management, construction superintendency and contract administration.

Project manager for the redevelopment, GHD technical director — structures / property and buildings Robby Chohan , said the transformation incorporated all accommodation wings, the central guest facilities, arrivals building, multiple restaurants, buildings and various other front-of-house facilities and features.

“The design phase was already well underway when the region was devastated by Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, so additional rectification works were incorporated as part of the redevelopment,” Mr Chohan said.

“Key features GHD included were the installation of an underwater observatory, living reef and on-land lagoon, which is the only of its kind in Australia.”

The living reef coral lagoon wraps around the central resort building, and is home to more than 100 different kinds of aquatic creatures which can be seen from this observatory.

Once the project moved into construction, GHD maintained a full-time site presence.

The company said this provided an excellent opportunity for more than 10 of GHD’s emerging engineers in North Queensland to gain first-hand experience in delivering complex infrastructure.

“Like any project of this scale, it was certainly challenging at times. However our team rose to the occasion and have contributed to delivering a remarkable outcome for our client,” Mr Chohan said.

Daydream Island Resort – which includes 277 modern rooms and suites with three restaurants and three bars – was officially re-opened for business last month.

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