The work will be carried out in four phases, with the main focus on resurfacing the crosswind and main runways.
There will also be new runway lighting and upgrades to signage and drainage, as well as the installation of below ground infrastructure for a new radar system. The project is being managed by Ridge & Partners.
One of the airport’s three runways will remain open while works are carried out, albeit operating at reduced capacity. When all work is complete, the airport’s existing ‘north/south’ runway will permanently close to make way for the development of a new business park, CGX Connect. (Montel Civil Engineering started work in November on the access and services for CGX Connect.)
The airport is in Staverton, between Gloucester and Cheltenham.
Phase one works, starting in January 2022, will see the crosswind runway resurfaced. The aim is for this work to take place throughout the night, after airport closure, to minimise impact on operations.
Phases two and three will follow in spring 2022, with work taking place during the day and throughout the night to get the work done as quickly as possible. This phase will see the resurfacing of the main runway, new runway lighting installed, upgrades to signage and draining, and the installation of below ground infrastructure.
Phase four will be the testing and commissioning phase of the project, ahead of the resumption of normal operations by Summer 2022.
VolkerFitzpatrick operations director Kevin Berry said: “We’re well versed in working on projects like this, having completed similar works at Glasgow, Birmingham and Gatwick Airports. These upgrades will place Gloucestershire Airport firmly at the top end of aviation standards and technology, which will help unlock numerous opportunities and benefits for the airport and surrounding area.”
“These are transformational times for Gloucestershire Airport,” added Gloucestershire Airport managing director Karen Taylor. “These upgrades are essential to the continued smooth running of operations and, along with CGX Connect, will really elevate the quality and status of the airport, along with its profile as a ‘gateway for growth’ for all those significant developments being brought forward across the region. Keeping two runways open at all times is a challenge but ensuring as little impact as possible to airport operations and the surrounding area is key.”