Contractor will re-lay East Midlands Airport’s runway over seven consecutive weekends

Galliford Try has won a contract to carry out a refurbishment of East Midlands Airport’s runway.

The works will be carried out over seven consecutive weekends in November and December, a first for a runway project in the UK.

Beginning on 5 November and ending on 19 December, the project will see around 360 workers every weekend laying 50,000 tonnes of material across a 150,000m2 area.

Whilst the runway is not operational, the airport is also replacing over 1,200 lights on and around the area with more eco-friendly LED lighting.

Andy Cliffe managing director at East Midlands Airport said: “After an in-depth consultation with our airlines and cargo operators, we came to the decision that completing the project in this way was the best way to avoid major disruption in the lead up to Christmas.”

Colin Abbott, aviation director for Galliford Try said: “Logistics make this an exceptionally challenging project and due to the hard work of all involved scoping out every possible scenario, we have every confidence that the scheme will be delivered safely and on time.”