Civil engineering firm VolkerFitzpatrick has won the multi–million pound contract to resurface Gatwick Airport’s 3.3km main runway.
Work is due to begin in March 2012, and will also include replacing the airfield lighting and improving the drainage system.
According to Gatwick, the project will involve resurfacing an area of 400,000sqm with approximately 65,000 tonnes of asphalt.
Meanwhile, around 1,900 runway and taxiway lights, fed by 530 kilometres of electrical cabling, will also be replaced.
The main runway at Gatwick is resurfaced every 11 years to make sure it is in the best possible condition, and with up to 53 aircraft taking off and landing on the runway every hour the upgrade works will take place during the night to ensure passenger flights are not disrupted.
David Wilson, head of airfield capital projects at Gatwick Airport, said: “With just seven working hours each night, we will remove and replace about 130 metres of runway at a time.
“The work will be planned and executed with military precision to ensure it is completed and inspected before the first flight is due to take off.
“I’m confident our team working in partnership with VolkerFitzpatrick, will rise to the challenge.”