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Gatwick Airport Drainage Rehabilitation Project.

Colas Airfields     Health & Safety Manager

PROJECT STORY

Gatwick Airport Drainage Rehabilitation Project.

The 3.3km main runway at Gatwick Airport handles over 53 hourly aircraft movements and is the world's busiest single runway.

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Scope

Key to the success of this project was delivering the rehabilitation works to the runway whilst maintaining Gatwick’s demanding flight schedule. Runway possessions were granted six nights a week (Mon-Sat) from 21.30pm to exactly 05.30am every morning.

The runway covers an impressive 400,000m² - the equivalent of 100 football pitches. This required over 50,000 tonnes of Marshall asphalt to resurface. All surfacing materials were batched on site. Each night shift planed and re-surfaced approximately 120 linear metres of the runway whilst works progressed to renew the aeronautical ground lighting’s 38km of duct and pit systems. Over 1,900 runway and taxiway lights were fitted and fed by 530km of new electrical cabling.

While the runway rehabilitation was being undertaken, it provided an opportunity for other improvements to be delivered at the same time. This included the enhancement of the existing runway guard bar system and an upgrade of the runway’s drainage system with four new attenuation tanks.

Our delivery teams embraced Gatwick Airport’s ‘Destination Zero’ philosophy, complementing our own ‘Incident & Injury Free (IIF)’ behavioural change programme. This project successfully contributed over 462,081 hours to Gatwick’s impressive 2.3 million hours of RIDDOR free working.

Derek Hendry, construction director at Gatwick Airport said: “VolkerFitzpatrick has worked closely with the Gatwick teams throughout the planning, design and construction stages to deliver a solution that met both our technical brief and protected aircraft operations They worked with us to overcome the challenges of the extremely unseasonal weather conditions in 2012, taking a proactive approach to re-engineering the design and re-sequencing the works. This enabled us to meet our critical objective of completing the runway resurfacing and return of the runway lighting system by 1 October 2013 ”

project summary

5,200

Total Month Work

17,500

Number of Gangs

25

Average Staff On Site

17,620

Hours Worked Without RIDDOR Reportable incident

In today's climate towards fire safety, Simpleducks successfully contributed towards B&B Italia achieving accreditation for 'IFC Certification for Compliance with Building Regulations' and Lendlease fire safety protocols for fitting the Guest Room and Corridor Fire Doors.

Part of the focus on achieving accreditation is testing a configured door with a replicated connecting wall in laboratories, under strict conditions.  This is then followed by a systems quality audit and finally a focus on the installation method, including method statements and risk assessments along with materials, tools and equipment used.

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KEY POINTS

  • Project Start Date 06th June 2019.
  • Due to Complete June 2020.
  • B&B ITALIA winners of the Project Safety League September 2019.
  • 12 Method Statements were written and achieved Status A.
  • Simpleducks attendance on-site 2 half days per week.
  • Daily Safe Starts Undertaken each day.
  • 5 Trade Contractors successfully managed.
  • Weekly Toolbox Talks were undertaken and witnessed by B&B Italia.

  • Project Start Date 06th June 2019.
  • Due to Complete June 2020.
  • B&B ITALIA winners of the Project Safety League September 2019.
  • 12 Method Statements were written and achieved Status A.
  • Simpleducks attendance on-site 2 half days per week.
  • Daily Safe Starts Undertaken each day.
  • 5 Trade Contractors successfully managed.
  • Weekly Toolbox Talks were undertaken and witnessed by B&B Italia.