Friday 20 April 2012
One of the main construction activities for the essential maintenance and improvements at Guernsey Airport is being moved further away from homes and schools than previously planned.
The concrete batching plant was to be located alongside the main airport car park, but is now being assembled in the southern compound opposite the airport access road.
That compound also houses the asphalt batching equipment, which means all construction materials will be prepared in a single location instead of the two originally planned.
The terminal compound, where the concrete plant was to be located, is directly opposite the Mont Marche estate and only a few metres from other houses in the area. However in its new location, this equipment will be more than 100 metres from the nearest home.
Acoustic fencing being installed around the compound, and other measures, will help to control any noise or dust.
Public Services client project manager Gerry Prickett said main contractor Lagan Construction had expected to use two asphalt plants at peak production. However it had now managed to schedule the work in a way that only required one plant to produce the material required each night.
This meant the layout of the southern compound could accommodate the concrete plant.
Gerry Prickett commented:
"We envisaged separate batching compounds would be required, because of space constraints in the main southern compound. However having just one asphalt plant means we can now put all this equipment in one location, which is good news all round.
From a neighbour perspective, it means the risk of disruption is minimised further by moving one of the main construction activities further away from homes. From the contractor's point of view, they are able to concentrate all the batching operations in one location, which has benefits.
And from a project perspective, we expect there will be some cost savings."
The essential maintenance also includes the complete reconstruction of the concrete apron areas, where aircraft park adjacent to the terminal. That work will be carried out during the day.
The terminal compound will now be used for daytime parking and refuelling of vehicles and equipment used to lay new asphalt on the runway and taxiways at night.
Jim Anderson, Projects Liaison Officer, Public Services Department
Tel: 01481 717 109