As experienced Airport Contractors, TBCA were delighted when the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) appointed the company as Principle Contractors for the refurbishment of four Apron Bays at East Midlands Airport, each consisting of more than 400m sq.
Critical to the delivery of the project were Progamming, Phasing and Security:
- Programming – the delivery phase should not affect Airline activities and timetables
- Phasing – each of the four phases should not take more than six days to construct
- Security – a proactive approach was necessary to ensure all staff obtained relevant security passes, including site specific H&S training prior to gaining airside access
The delivery phase commenced with full depth saw cutting of existing bays to release pressure from adjacent bays, followed by the use of three 18 tonne wheeled excavators with breaker attachments in order to fracture the concrete. Exchanging breakers for buckets, concrete spoil was loaded into waiting tipper lorries for removal to off-site recycling facility.
Preparation works included the application of bitumen to exposed faces of concrete bays, prior to the installation of reinforcing fabric and final reinstatement of Apron with Chronolia rapid setting concrete. Areas were made available to aircraft movements within just 48 hours.