Galliford Try is to carry out a full-length refurbishment of the runway at East Midlands Airport in Nottinghamshire.
The company has lined up 360 workers for the task, who have to lay 50,000t of bespoke material. In addition 1,200 lights will be upgraded to LED.
The work, which will take place over several weekends in November and December, will see the airport closed from 8pm on Saturdays to 8pm on Mondays, except for the final day when it will reopen earlier.
“We are delighted to be working with the East Midlands Airport team on the refurbishment of its runway. Logistics make this an exceptionally challenging project and due to the hard work of all involved scoping out every possible scenario, we have every confidence that the scheme will be delivered safely and on time,” said Galliford Try aviation director Colin Abbott.
East Midlands Airport managing director Andy Cliffe added: “After an in depth consultation with our airlines and cargo operators, we came to the decision that completing the project in this way was the best way to avoid major disruption in the lead up to Christmas. The timing for us is crucial and we had to look to do this in the winter season, when we naturally aren’t as busy.”
The runway was last refurbished in 1999 and the new one will last approximately 12 to 17 years.