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Gatwick Airport main runway rehabilitation

VolkerFitzpatrick has been awarded a contract to resurface the main runway at Gatwick Airport under its £1.2 billion programme of investment.


The project will involve resurfacing an area of 400,000m² - the equivalent of 100 football pitches - with approximately 70,000t of asphalt. Around 1.900 runway and taxiway lights, fed by 530km of electrical cabling, will also be replaced.

Carrying out work on Gatwick's main runway is a major challenge with up to 53 aircraft landing and taking off every hour. In order to keep the runway operational all resurfacing and associated works from March to December 2012 are being undertaken during night possessions. With just seven working hours each night VolkerFitzpatrick will remove and replace about 130m of runway at a time.

Other improvements

While the runway rehabilitation is being undertaken it provides an opportunity for other improvements to be delivered for example, installation of a new aeronautical ground lighting control system, enhancement of the existing runway guard bar system, replacement of cabling and switches, replacement of Constant Current Regulators, provision of a new secondary duct system within the pavement and provision of additional pit and duct systems.

Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport head of airfield capital projects David Wilson, said: "We are delighted that VolkerFitzpatrick is on board. With an excellent safety record and extensive experience of working in complex airfield challenging environments, VolkerFitzpatrick will help drive capital efficiency and quality, as we work to keep our critical asset in tip top condition."

Facts and figures

  • Client
    Gatwick Airport Ltd
  • Value
    £32.5 million
  • Related companies
  • Project categories
    Civil engineering

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