Successful completion of runway and infrastructure upgrades at Gloucestershire Airport

06 June 2022

Ridge is delighted with the successful completion of the major upgrade of Gloucestershire Airport’s runways and associated infrastructure, for which we provided NEC Project Management and Cost Management services.

Gloucestershire Airport is the UK’s busiest general aviation airport; Ridge managed the major upgrades to its crosswind (04-22) and main (9-27) runways, which involved runway resurfacing, the installation of new runway lighting, upgrades to signs and drainage and new below-ground infrastructure in readiness for a new radar system.

The carefully phased programme of work, delivered by VolkerFitzpatrick, enabled airport operations to continue throughout to minimise disruption to the airfield operators.

With refurbishment to the airport’s crosswind (04-22) and main runway now complete, the ‘north/south’ runway has been permanently closed. This will facilitate the future development of CGX Connect – the airport’s flagship new commercial development, located on its northern perimeter between the existing Anson and Meteor business parks.

Funding to deliver refurbishment of, and improvement to, the airport’s runways was made available by the airport’s joint shareholders, Gloucester City and Cheltenham Borough Councils, in recognition of the important contribution Gloucestershire Airport makes to the region’s economic growth.

Justin Wright, Senior Project Manager at Ridge Winchester, comments:

“We have enjoyed working closely with VolkerFitzpatrick to deliver the upgrades on time and within budget and we look forward to seeing the sustainable growth these upgrades will help unlock for Gloucestershire Airport.”

“The successful completion of these upgrades to airside infrastructure heralds the start of a new chapter for Gloucestershire Airport – possibly the single most transformative period in our recent history,” adds Karen Taylor, Managing Director of Gloucestershire Airport. “Putting the airport firmly at the top end of aviation standards and technology, these vital upgrades elevate the quality and status of the airport and, together with ongoing work to deliver CGX Connect, serve as the catalyst enabling us to actively explore additional revenue streams and realise our long-term strategy for sustainable growth.”