5 NOVEMBER 2018
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An Irish-Spanish consortium comprising Limerick-based Roadbridge and Madrid-based FCC Construcción (FCC) has been awarded the main construction contract for Dublin Airport’s new North Runway.
Mobilisation and preparatory site works for the 3.1km facility have begun, with groundworks due to start in January. Construction is due to be completed in early 2021, when commissioning will take place.
The contract includes building 306,000sq m of new runway and taxiways and 6km of new internal airport roads, as well as installing new drainage and pollution controls, 7.5km of electrical cable, and more than 2,000 new runway and taxiway lights.
North Runway (below) will be built at no cost to the state – Dublin’s airport authority, daa, is not funded by the taxpayer – and will support the creation of 31,200 new Irish jobs and €2.2bn in additional economic activity by 2043.
The authority’s chief executive, Dalton Philips, said: “North Runway is an essential project for future economic growth. It isn’t Dublin’s new runway but Ireland’s and will boost the performance of trade, tourism and foreign direct investment in a post-Brexit world.”
The new facility will be about 1.6km north of the airport’s current main runway on land owned by the airport and is key to Ireland’s National Aviation Policy to develop its hub business and enable airlines to offer connectivity to more destinations.
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