Engineering Project of the Year nomination for RPS’ Shannon Airport Runway Rehabilitation

17 Oct 2018

The Shannon Airport Runway Rehabilitation project, designed by RPS, has been nominated for the Engineering Project of the year at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2018.

Rewarding Excellence

Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, held in association with ESB, are presented annually to recognise the achievements of Engineers who have demonstrated exceptional engineering skills in their work. The Engineering Project of the Year Award recognises the highest level of achievement in the engineering field and provides peer recognition of outstanding engineering work, be it a large or small project.

A Public Vote

The Engineering Project of the Year is awarded following a public vote by the Irish public for what they consider to be the best project. The deadline for voting is Midnight, Friday November 2nd.

Having been retained by Shannon Airport Authority, RPS carried out a detailed design, tender and site supervision programme for works on the 2,400m of Ireland’s longest runway with the support of a contracting partner Lagan Asphalt. RPS used its extensive aviation experience to design an economic and grooved marshall asphalt runway, complete with new sustainable LED aeronautical ground lighting.

Innovative procurement and contractual arrangements were employed to ensure that the project was completed within very tight night time possession windows and project delivery timelines.

The success of the project, which included the laying of approximately 60,000 tonnes of asphalt in tight night time windows over a six-month period, has set the benchmark for runway rehabilitation projects in Ireland. The programme of work was delivered ahead of time and within budget.

The NEC 3-Option B contract and ECI process employed by RPS on the Shannon project was very successful and has since been followed by Ireland West Airport Knock (IWAK) for their current runway rehabilitation. This demonstrates its status as a robust and capable process that future projects can adopt.

Impact of the project

The completion of this project will ensure continued safe aviation operations at Shannon Airport for the next 25 years. This is a huge economic boost given the €3.6 billion in economic activity the airport underpins in the region.

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