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RAF Akrotiri

Lagan Construction International and local partners Iacovou have handed over the Runway to full operations at Royal Air Force (RAF) Akrotiri, Cyprus.

Key features

  • Client: Defence Infrastructure Organisation
  • Contract Duration: 21 months
  • Contract Value: £46 million

Lagan Construction International and local partners Iacovou have handed over the Runway to full operations at Royal Air Force (RAF) Akrotiri, Cyprus.

With works commencing on this £46 million project in the Summer of 2015 the project has completed whilst maintaining operational readiness at the most strategically important base that the RAF operate.

Lagan Iacovou Project Director James Aikman commented:

“The success of this project has been based on a collaboration between the stakeholders which has safely delivered this challenging project. It is a first for the MOD involving undertaking a runway resurfacing in night possessions that is used for Fast jets. It is a testament to the expertise and culture of our teams that we have worked in collaboration with the key Stakeholders including DIO, RAF, Ramboll, our designer CH2 and our supply chain.”

The project involved the placement of 54,000 m3 of concrete 90,000 tons of asphalt and included:

    • Reconstruction of 144,00 m2 of PQC dispersals & Turnpads
    • Construction of 225,000 m2 of new taxiway (New widening & existing overlay)
    • Overlay of the existing runway
    • Installation of a new airfield ground lighting system
    • Installation of new drainage network to entire scheme including 5nos petrol interceptors and 4nos emergency fuel storage tanks to cater for spillages.
    • New Runway Hydraulic Arrestor Gear Installation (RHAG)

Commenting on the completion of the runway at RAF Akrotiri, Defence Infrastructure Organisation Chief Executive Graham Dalton said:

“I am delighted that the upgrade to the runway at RAF Akrotiri is complete. This is a crucial asset for Defence and this project has been a huge success. DIO has worked with our customers and contractors to successfully carry out this critical work while minimizing the impact on operations.”