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With the spotlight frequently placed on the Aviation sector, our approach balances environmental and planning issues with the needs of operators, authorities and passengers alike to provide solutions that maximise aviation and non-aviation related revenues.

RPS has the skills and experience in the provision of aviation infrastructure services to meet the challenges of the future.

RPS services include:

Airport master planning

Environmental assessments

Energy management

Property acquisition

Runways, taxiways and aprons

Terminal facilities for passengers and cargo

Services/Utilities Planning

Access roadways and parking


Project management

Health & safety.

Following government approval of the 2005 Aviation Plan, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) had progressed its 2 billion development programme based on the Dublin Airport Masterplan. DAA commissioned RPS to work in conjunction with Fingal County Council to achieve the delivery of a Masterplan/Local Area Plan and Strategic Environmental Assessment in order to meet the Government’s ambitious plans at the airport.

There are over 120 projects to be undertaken as part of this investment which impact on a wide range of stakeholders including security / fire / police, planning authorities, airlines, retailers, utilities, passengers, local residents and public transport. In response, RPS Airport Sector is geared to meet the challenges of the programme to deliver:

Project Management



Environmental services.

Case Studies

Guernsey Airport

Guernsey Airport, Guernsey


States of Guernsey

RPS was involved in the detailed design, complex planning application and subsequent construction to ensure Guernsey's Airport will meet the Islander's demands for the next 30 years.

RPS was initially appointed to prepare a masterplan and a scoping study for infrastructure development. Our detailed advice included a review and report considering current and potential Aircraft types to visit the Island.

The original masterplan identified the need to rehabilitate existing aprons, the overlaying of expired taxiways, the re-profiling of and displacing of the runway to accommodate new Runway End Safety Areas (RESA), new improved Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) and a new drainage system.

The Planning Application, including a full Environmental Impact Assessment which was approved.

As well as project managing the construction period, RPS also developed the detailed design to rehabilitate the infrastructure and fulfil the first stage of the masterplan, displacing the 1463m runway approx 120m towards the west with a new, extended RESA.

A dedicated temporary dock facility was also created for the two year project.

Heathrow Terminal 5

Heathrow Terminal 5, London



RPS were retained by BAA’s strategic planning team throughout the preparation of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 (T5) project and the T5 Public Inquiry.

T5 sits on a 260 hectare site between the main runways and was designed to handle 35 million passengers a year. RPS was a key part of BAA’s team planning and environmental team from the start of the project in 1989 until consent had been granted and conditions were being discharged in 2002. RPS provided input in to Richard Roger’s initial masterplan, baseline environmental surveys, assessments for the Environmental Statements, planning advice for construction logistics facilities and provided three witnesses at the T5 Inquiries.

RPS specialists worked on numerous aspects over its course. The services and reports provided by RPS included:

Preparation of planning applications for logistics sites for T5 construction which occupied in excess of 30ha

Preparation of reports on the effects of the T5 Construction Programme upon local communities

Designing, compiling and managing a database of all commitments made by BAA and the permissions, licences and consents required to implement T5

Assessment of countryside policy impacts for the environmental statements of both the T5 development and the Highways Agency’s associated road improvements

Development of a wide-ranging Management Plan aimed at improving the appearance and nature conservation value of land west of the new Terminal and managing public access within the adjacent Colne Valley Park

Contaminated land investigation and remediation studies on the land within the applications.


T5 was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008.

Stansted Airport, Essex, Manchester Airport Group

Stansted Airport, Essex


As strategic planning advisers to BAA, RPS provided advice and assisted in the preparation and submission of this application for making best use of the existing single runway, removing the 25 million a year cap on passenger numbers and increasing the limit on air transport movements to 264,000 a year.

Following the Local Authority’s refusal of the application, a public inquiry was held, at which RPS acted as an expert witness. Later that year, the Government decided to grant permission for increased passenger numbers on Stansted's existing single runway. On all significant points BAA’s case was fully supported by the Planning Inspector and endorsed by the Government.

In the next phase of Stansted’s expansion, RPS assisted in the preparation and submission of the 38 applications required to enable a second runway at the Airport. RPS provided strategic planning advice and co -ordinated the submission of the package of applications. RPS also co-ordinated and prepared the EIA accompanying the road and rail elements of the project.

T1X – Dublin Airport

T1X – Dublin Airport T1X – Dublin Airport


RPS provided engineering design and project management services for the extension for Terminal 1 and an Environmental Impact Statement for a new second runway.

Construction of Dublin International Airport’s new €55m Terminal One extension, T1X, was completed in 2009 which marked an impressive result for the expert multi-disciplined team who worked meticulously on the ground-breaking and ambitious project since 2006. T1X covers an area of 7500m1; over two storeys and a mezzanine level, providing high-quality facilities. The expansion is part of the €1.2bn Transforming Dublin Airport capital programme, which comprises more than 120 separate projects in total and provides much needed capacity to comfortably and efficiently accommodate the 20 million plus passengers who travel through the airport each year.

RPS’ input into the €55million T1X extension included acting as technical reviewer, contract administrator and site supervisor for the construction phases of the extension, and providing planning services and civil, structural and fire engineering for the project as well as advising on drainage and geotechnical matters.