Multi-million-pound runway work launches new chapter for Gloucestershire Airport

With upgrades worth £8 million now complete, Gloucestershire Airport – which claims to be the UK’s busiest general aviation airport – says it is about to enter a new and exciting commercial chapter.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published
Karen Taylor, Gloucestershire Airports managing director, with Philip Matthews, chief flying instructor at Cotswold Aero Club  one of the sites longest-standing tenants.
Karen Taylor, Gloucestershire Airport’s managing director, with Philip Matthews, chief flying instructor at Cotswold Aero Club – one of the site’s longest-standing tenants.

An £8 million upgrade to the runways at Gloucestershire Airport – part of a £15 million investment in the Staverton site – marks a significant new chapter for the business, according to its managing director Karen Taylor.

VolkerFitzpatrick, which has worked on projects ranging from RAF airbases to Wembley Stadium, won the £8.1 million contract to resurface the runways at the county site and began work at the start of 2022.

The scheme is part of a £15 million ‘transformational investment’ at Gloucestershire Airport and includes installation of new runway lighting, upgrades to signs and drainage, new below-ground infrastructure and a new radar system.

The upgrades also allow for the permanent closure of the north/south runway, making way for the airport’s new business park, CGX Connect, a project managed by Gloucester specialists Vitruvius and part-funded by GFirst LEP.

Taylor said: ‘The successful completion of these upgrades heralds the start of a new chapter for Gloucestershire Airport – possibly the single most transformative period in our recent history.

‘These vital upgrades serve as the catalyst enabling us to actively explore additional revenue streams and realise our long-term strategy for sustainable growth.’

VolkerFitzpatrick worked on the scheme with Ridge & Partners LLP, project managers also involved in the University of Gloucestershire’s planed redevelopment of the former Debenhams building in the middle of Gloucester.

According to the airport, which is co-owned by Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucester City Council, it contributes an estimated £52 million annually to the local economy and has a key role to play in significant projects including the Golden Valley Cyber Development and Gloucester’s digital campus The Forum.

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