Plant Starts Arriving On Islands For Runway Work

landing craft lagans 1Set-up work continues today for a major project to improve the runway and navigation systems at St Mary’s Airport and to resurface four major roads around the island.

Lagan Construction of Belfast has, this week, started work as part of the £3.7 million contract, which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme and the Regional Growth Fund.

When completed, the work will include drainage and airfield ground lighting that should offer more potential for flying when visibility is impaired.

Plant and equipment is being brought over by sea, including a specialist asphalt unit, which will be installed in a fixed location at Parting Carn.

Since Tuesday the first consignments of gear have been brought over by launch from Newlyn to the Rechabite Slip.

There will be multiple trips and the plan is to use Porthmellon as the project progresses.

Jeremy Chedzoy from Lagan says bringing over the equipment is a lengthy process.

But once they’re underway with the work it should progress quite quickly. Resurfacing the runway, apron, car park and approach road should be completed by the end of June.

Lagan’s Steve Turner says they’re experienced in the challenges posed by working on islands. They’ve recently completed work in the Caribbean and on Guernsey.

As well as equipment, bringing over and catering for the team of project workers has required detailed planning.

Jeremy says there’ll be around 30 members of the workforce and seven staff on the islands during the peak of the work.

Housing staff during the summer season isn’t easy as availability can be scarce. Jeremy says they’ve solved this by bringing in accommodation containers, which will be installed at Parting Carn.

The company says islanders have been very helpful in the planning stages and they’re very open to feedback as the scheme progresses.

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