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Spirit of Tasmania Ferry Terminal

Navigating design challenges to deliver a future ready ferry terminal for Victoria

  • $135M

    Project Value

  • 600

    Parking Spaces

  • 150

    Semi-trailer Spaces

  • Geelong, Victoria

    Geelong, Victoria

Creating new opportunities in hospitality, agribusiness, freight, and logistics with a new passenger and freight terminal

After 37 years, the Victorian base for the Spirit of Tasmania’s regular ferry service from mainland Australia to Tasmania moved from Station Pier at Port Melbourne to Geelong, an hour south of Melbourne. GeelongPort and TT Line wanted to create a state-of-the-art passenger and freight terminal ready for the next generation of vessels due to come into operation in 2024. The BMD Group reached out to our team to provide civil, sewer, and structural design along with project and construction management services.

The project faced several design challenges including a high-water table that meant that deep excavations would rapidly fill with water, an active rail line and creek running through the site restricting access, and the requirement that any excavated soil had to be retained on site. Heritage restrictions also presented challenges, one of the more unusual of which was the turn of the century underground storage rooms, most of which needed to be preserved albeit under the new construction. Additionally, the project had a tight design program and a highly publicised opening date, which placed added pressure on the team to complete the project without delays. 

Ultimately, the project was a huge success, delivering a new precinct with a vehicle marshalling area for 600 cars, a parking area for 150 semi-trailers, a café, and a children’s play area.

At a Glance

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Meet Our Team

Peter Preece, Operations Leader, Community Infrastructure (VIC, SA, TAS)

I’m focused on creating sustainable communities using sound design principles that provide quality housing, supporting infrastructure and safe community spaces.
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Philip Henderson, Group Leader, Civil Regional UIPL

I take a strategic approach when advocating for the best outcomes for our clients and projects.
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Andi Davari, Principal Engineer, Project Coordinator

I believe great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.
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Daniel Barker, Construction Manager

I enjoy building relationships with our clients, solving problems, and coming up with innovative solutions for my team to deliver projects.

Vic Richards, Business Leader - Geospatial

The key to finding innovative solutions? Listening to our clients' needs and understanding the latest technologies.

Peter Preece

Operations Leader, Community Infrastructure (VIC, SA, TAS)

Philip Henderson

Group Leader, Civil Regional UIPL

Andi Davari

Principal Engineer, Project Coordinator

Daniel Barker

Construction Manager

Vic Richards

Business Leader - Geospatial

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