Colas were appointed to the Cork Airport contract valued at 21.7m euros, encompassing the reconstruction of the main runway, pits, ducts, and electrical systems. Our team worked closely with the client, colleagues from across the Colas Group, the designers and our local suppliers to complete the construction on time, following a 10 week full airport closure.

The time-sensitive works involved the reconstruction of the runway with 3,000 truckloads of asphalt, the installation of 500 maintenance holes, 140km of electrical cable and 60km of cable duct and drains installed, replacing the existing ducts, pits and electrical systems.

21.7m euros

Project value

10 weeks

Project timescale

The dda’s decision to close Cork Airport stemmed from low passenger numbers following the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore creating a unique opportunity to close the runway and complete the works as quickly and efficiently as possible. This then set a challenging timescale to complete the fastest, largest-scale construction project the state has seen in years.

  • 10 week closure to complete reconstruction
  • Over 400 people employed, including 250 construction and supply jobs
  • New runway, pits, ducts and electrical system
  • Extensive recycling