Balfour Beatty wins runway contract

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a construction management contract to deliver the ‘Runway 5L/23R Replacement Programme’ at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina.

As part of Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority’s 25-year master plan, international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty will deliver a new primary runway and transform the existing runway into a taxiway. In addition, the company will relocate a portion of Lumley Road in Raleigh to accommodate the new runway location.

The most significant capital project at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the project will move the runway nearly 500ft to the northwest and allow for future expansion of the airport’s Terminal 2 concourse.  

Trent Johnson, Balfour Beatty project executive in Raleigh, said: “We are honoured to continue our ten-year partnership with the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority through the construction of their new 5L/23R runway replacement project.

“Aviation is a strong market sector for our Southeast operations, and our team members are excited to build on this expertise while staying committed to delivering our client’s goals. We look forward to utilising our company’s unique buildings and civils operations, and technology and innovation techniques to safely and efficiently deliver a new airfield.”

In addition to the 5L/23R Runway Replacement Programme, Balfour Beatty is currently delivering the airport’s west remain overnight aircraft parking apron and runway slab replacement projects.

Works will begin once the airport completes the environmental assessment process, which is currently in progress with the Federal Aviation Administration.

At construction peak, the project will employ a direct management team of 20 and a wider workforce of approximately 1,000.