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A45 Corridor Improvements & Birmingham Airport Runway Extension


VolkerFitzpatrick, in joint venture with Colas, have been announced as the preferred contractors for two major Midlands construction projects -the A45 Transport Corridor Improvement Scheme and the Runway Extension at Birmingham Airport, following a competitive tender process run by Birmingham City Council.


The two projects are being developed in conjunction due to their close proximities and timeframes, and will provide a number of benefits for both contracting parties. .


The benefits include increased purchasing power, combining utility diversion works, reducing construction overhead costs and minimising the need to export and import earthworks materials.

The A45 Transport Corridor Improvement Scheme will improve the A45 Coventry Road between Damson Parkway and M42 Junction 6. It will reduce congestion, improve safety and accessibility, and act as a major catalyst for investment.


On completion, the 405m runway extension will enhance the Airport's capability and open up the World to the people and economy of the Midlands, as well as helping to take pressure off airports in the overheated South East. At just 2,600 metres, the current runway length restricts the range of destinations, markets and routes which can be served directly from the Airport.

The extension of the runway and associated infrastructure will also require revisions to the existing fuel farm, a new taxiway exit, the treatment of obstacles and the diversion of services and watercourses

Facts and figures

  • Client
    Birmingham Airport Ltd
  • Value
    £44 million
  • Dates
    July 2012 - Spring 2014
  • Related companies
  • Project categories
    Civil engineering