Hydrock’s specialist aviation team delivered the civil engineering design, including the design of the aircraft pavements and all associated drainage and infrastructure for the c1.7ha Phase 1 extension of the eastern apron at Bristol Airport.
With a design programme that started in December 2017 and resulted in practical completion by May 2019, the project has delivered two new aircraft stands suitable for wide-bodied passenger aircraft and associated taxi-lane on the site of the former staff car park as part of the airport’s continued development.
The site is immediately adjacent to the airport’s main entrance and next to the main administration building, so the design and construction project has had a high and very visible profile.
Key to the design of the scheme was to ensure that runway safeguarding was maintained, in particular ensuring that parked aircraft and floodlight masts will not infringe the relevant obstacle limitation surfaces required under European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations.
Hydrock’s team worked closely with the airport’s trusted suppliers for electrical installations and fixed ground power, floodlighting and security. In addition, we supported the airport in providing drawings and documents to obtain discharge of planning conditions and CAA regulatory approval under CAP791.
Our design included hardstand constructed in pavement quality concrete incorporating significant surface water drainage infrastructure to manage and safely dispose of storm runoff from the pavement into on-site soakaways. Our design of a 5m high acoustic barrier between the aircraft stands and the adjacent airport entrance road ensured compliance with planning requirements.
Our role on the programme also included ground investigations for the site ahead of design and construction. At the construction stage, Hydrock was novated to the works contractor, Volker Fitzpatrick, to complete the design and to support and monitor the works through the construction phase.