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London Stansted Runway Resurfacing Complete

12 Jun 2023

Lagan Aviation and Infrastructure have successfully completed the full resurfacing of the 3km runway at London Stansted Airport. Beginning in January 2023, the project involved the dedicated efforts of over 200 engineers and technicians, working tirelessly throughout the night to execute the works which took three years to plan.

During a 22-week period, the resurfacing works took place between 00:00 - 06:00 five nights a week. The first phase necessitated a complete closure of the runway at night for 11 weeks, followed by a subsequent period where the runway remained open but at a reduced length. Every evening, approximately 100 meters (330 feet) of runway surface was carefully removed, replaced, and made ready for the morning's first flight, ensuring safety and efficiency.

Throughout the course of the project, the diligent team managed to lay an impressive 70,000 tonnes of asphalt, which was produced onsite using two mobile asphalt plants. Additionally, they replaced 1,300 runway lights with energy-efficient LEDs, further enhancing the airport's sustainability.

Key Achievements:

  • 3km runway resurfacing
  • Completed within a 5-month program
  • Night-time possession for 22 weeks
  • 11 weeks of night-time runway closure
  • 11 weeks of open runway at reduced length
  • Produced and laid 70,000 tonnes of asphalt
  • Recycled 30,000 tonnes of old runway surface
  • Replaced 1,300 runway lights with energy-efficient LEDs
  • Finished the project two weeks ahead of the original schedule

This remarkable achievement highlights the dedication and proficiency of the team at Lagan Aviation and Infrastructure, as well as their commitment to delivering a high-quality project on time.

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