The work will upgrade the existing runway, improve its drainage and aeronautical ground lighting (AGL) systems; and, install new arrestor beds to improve its safety features. We expect that the life of the runway will be extended by t10 to 15 years as a result of the project.
Lagan Aviation and Infrastructure have previously completed several projects for DIO. In 2016, they completed the resurfacing of RAF Gibraltar’s runway on time, and in 2017 they completed the resurfacing of the runway at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. Mott MacDonald will act as our Principal Support Provider throughout the project, they have also worked with DIO many times in the past. So, we’re working with experienced people who are used to working with DIO and the RAF.
We expect the airfield works to take around six months with the runway being closed from spring to autumn 2019. During this time, military aircraft will operate from RAF Benson in South Oxfordshire and civilian aircraft will operate from other civilian airports. We acknowledge that there may be some disruption during the works and we will do our best to keep it to a minimum, but we appreciate the public’s support throughout the project.
RAF Northolt is home to the last remaining military airfield within the M25 and flying operations that take place here provide vital contributions for Defence, wider government and the United Kingdom.
The site opened in 1915 and played a key role in defending the UK during the Battle of Britain in World War II. It acted as London’s airport during the construction of Heathrow and these days, Northolt is home to 33 units in total from all three branches of the Armed Forces. 32 The Royal Squadron, which provides air transport to UK Government and military leaders, is based here. The runway resurfacing works will ensure those flying operations continue for years to come.
I’m looking forward to the challenge of delivering this exciting project on time and within budget, and I’m confident that the project team can achieve this.