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Resealing Hamilton Airport runway underway

19 February 2014 - Hamilton Airport’s 1,960 metre runway is being resealed with approximately 11,000 tonnes of asphaltic concrete. 

It is the most significant infrastructure project at the airport since the extension of the terminal building in 2007. This maintenance overlay project will cost nearly $3.5M. It began in late January, with an expected completion date of the 22 February (this month). 

Hamilton Airport’s General Manager-Operations Simon Hollinger said resealing is commonly undertaken at airports throughout the country, and is designed to ensure that the structural integrity of the runway is maintained and future-proofed for both current and future operations for the next 12 to15 years. 

With approximately 11,000 tonnes of asphalt being laid, and a variety of heavy equipment involved, Hollinger said ensuring the safety of travellers and continuity of the Airport’s service was of paramount importance throughout the project. 

The contract for the work was awarded to Downer New Zealand following a tender process in mid-2013, which was managed by the ‘Airports Team’ from engineering consultancy services company, Beca Limited. 

Little evidence of the resealing work is visible to travellers, with a team of staff from Downer and Beca working each night from 9pm and ensuring the runway is operational for the first departing flight at 6am each day. 

“Downer’s team is milling and then resealing to a depth of 50mm, completing approximately 3,900 m• of the 45 metre-wide runway each night. We are very pleased with the quality of work and attention to detail being achieved on this project,” said Mr Hollinger. 

“Downer thrives on projects that are logistically challenging,” said George Leidig, Downer’s paving and production manager for the region. 

“The project team is fully supported by the highest company standards for quality, environmental and health and safety management. Our goal has been to ensure the project is completed on time to the highest standard while ensuring no disruption to travellers and the safety of our project team members.” 

A collaborative project team of Hamilton International Airport, Downer and Beca was formed to complete the resealing project, which has taken around a year to plan and implement. 

Tristan Hughes, Beca’s Project Director, said “There has been a real desire to excel in the planning and execution of this project. Every member of the team has played their part and the project is running smoothly as a result.” 

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For more information please contact: 

Simon Hollinger, General Manager – Operations
Hamilton International Airport
P +64 7 848 9027