Temporary Drop Off Zone and Ramp Works

Project Principals and Objectives

In February 2018 Ryebridge was appointed to construct a temporary drop off zone, including a road over bridge structure to facilitate free passenger movement from drop off to terminal.

All works were required for completion no later than 30th May 2018 with the handover of the Mass Passenger Transit (MPT) site on the 1st May.

London Luton Airport required the design and build of an enabling works package consisting of:

  • Temporary drop off zone

  • Relocated barrier controls

  • New perimeter road and supporting road over bridge structures

  • Plan and fully implement an enablement strategy for a new Multi-Storey Car Park allowing the existing DOZ to be closed and the site cleared for the construction of the proposed Mass Passenger Transit (MPT) system

  • Removal and storage of high mast lights ready for reinstatement at a later date

  • From April 2018 the contractor was to permit access onto the Multi-Storey Car Park (SCP) 2 site for 6no test piles to be installed and tested by the MSCP2 contractor.

During the works there was also the requirement that deliveries were not permitted during the Airport’s Peak Operating Period. The Peak Operating Period was between 04:00 and 08:00 daily.

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Pre enabling works for the new DART

In August 2017 Ryebridge were contracted to clear the route for the new DART (Direct Airport Rail Transfer) contractor.

The project was predominantly airside and includes perimeter track diversion, de-icing tank relocation, a new snow fleet area, fuel tank relocation, bus parking, airside fence realignment, taxiway realignment, service clearance.

This project is due to be completed by the end of 2017.

London Luton Airport £7 million taxiway

Project Works and Key Quantities

  • Excavation – 18500m3

  • Material recycled and re-used within the works – 4500m3

  • Supply and compaction of Type 1 – 12500m3

  • Cement Bound Granular Material – 15,700T

  • Foam Base – 4800T Asphalt Surfacing – 19500m2

  • Asphalt reinforcement grid – 14200m2

  • PQ Concrete – 2200m3

  • Drainage – 4000m

  • Attenuation Tanks – 1750m3

  • AGL Pit and Ducting System – 7000m and 104 Pits

Complete on time and under budget

Project Principals and Objectives

The project was to construct a new taxiway in order to enable growth in passenger numbers and flights using the airport. In addition, to extend an existing aircraft stand at either end to accommodate 2 additional aircraft. The third area of works was to reconfigure an existing executive aircraft stands to accommodate additional aircraft and new roadway for aircraft maintenance vehicles and plant.

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£12M Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Project Details

Original contract Site clearance and removal of hazardous material. Principal contractor Management Subcontractors. Bulk dig and hazardous material removal Sheet piling Concrete piles Pile caps Service diversion Infrastructure drainage design and construction Demolition

Project Principals and Objectives

In July 2014 Ryebridge was originally contracted by THFC to undertake a 12 week project valued at £500k with a brief to reduce the existing level of the new stadium site by 1m. By June 2016 the level of Ryebridge’s involvement in the overall project had increased to in excess of £12m as Ryebridge was appointed Principal Contractor.

The washable inert material (ballast) was washed and screened into four different stockpiles. Sand, 10mm shingle, 20mm shingle, 40mm shingle and silt. The 40mm shingle was then crushed and screened once more. The only waste product was the silt.

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Weekly progress meetings were held in the stadium board room and Ryebridge played an important part in assisting THFC surveyors with progress reports and sub-contractor progress on site. The site was registered with the Considerate Contractors Scheme (CCS) and received a good report when inspected by the CCS representative. A daily report was compiled by the Ryebridge site manager and sent to Ryebridge senior management and THFC project team. The advanced stadium works managed by Ryebridge won a gold award at the 2016 Rospa Awards at the Excel, London.

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Working closely with Haringey Council’s highways authority Ryebridge installed storm drainage outfalls across the main high road into the Moselle culvert and excavated numerous trial holes in the footpaths and roads around the stadium for existing services identification to assist the design team.

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As THFC were still using the existing stadium for home football matches Ryebridge ensured that the works on site did not interfere with the day by day operations of the stadium and worked closely with the stadium management and security teams. During the closed season Ryebridge managed to ensure critical works were completed and the area around the stadium reinstated before the football season commenced.

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High profile buildings adjacent to the new stadium site were demolished by Ryebridge and our help with the initial enabling works helped to get the stadium project up to speed.

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In January 2016 Ryebridge successfully handed the running of the site to Mace and continued managing satellite sites within half a mile of the stadium which were predominantly used as a base for the ongoing washing of excavated ballast and batching of concrete from a Tarmac operated batching plant.

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£4M Kier Berryfields

Project Principals and Objectives

The project was to construct the externals to a new Energy From Waste Facility (EfW). These works included concrete service roads, asphalt access roads and pedestrian paved areas using Marshalls various size slabs, conservation kerbs and resin gravel areas – in total approximately 2,000m2. The paved areas included street furniture as well as landscaped areas including tree planter and root systems.

Innovation and Best Practice

The detailed planning and communication strategy ensured works were carried out as planned and minimised any disruptions throughout the works. The application of best practice principles ensured finishing was complete first time. This facilitated the successful handover of the required areas as soon as they were complete could be handed over for full completeness and final operational use. Moving Forward

The success in this project reinforces our commitment to early engagement and a close partnership with our clients. Our clients can be certain that we have their objectives at the centre of what we do. We operate exclusively with a small pool of subcontractors so we can be certain of quality, safety and delivery.

Solution Focused Approach

The project was within a live site with key interfaces with various main contractors constructing the facility. The external works required key planning and coordination to ensure all trades were not delayed by the external works with access being required at all times. Detailed phase planning was essential.

Weekly progress and coordination meetings were carried out providing details of exactly where and when the weeks work was to be carried out. All works phased as such to mitigate any down time by other trades and the operating facility of the new site.

Another key requirement and specification was that the external works had to be carried out with immediate zero defects. A dedicated finishing squad and manager was utilised to ensure this was carried out.

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Airport maintenance

We are the current London Luton Airport framework civils and building contractor and as such are responsible for taxiway and runway maintenance and general airport infrastructure maintenance. We have a committed team specifically responsible for this contract and the six-year proven track record is testimony to a well-run contract. Our duties include daily, weekly, monthly inspections, proactive and reactive maintenance and a 24 hour call out service.

For the last eight years we have managed and implemented nine consecutive night closures, during which all non-essential repairs/ maintenance is undertaken. This includes runways, taxiways and general airside infrastructure.

£4M AGL replacement

In 2013 Ryebridge worked on the installation of a new Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) system at London Luton Airport for Inviron, since taken over by European technical services provider Imtech. The team were involved in this project from the very first stages, tasked with producing the civil design elements. Once these were signed off and of course shown to be CAA compliant Ryebridge then constructed the pits and just over 4,000m of ducting in the airside environment. It also performed the slot-cutting and sealing work, again to CAA standards.


For new client INDRA the Ryebridge team removed the old tower and installed a new Surface Movement Radar tower and antenna. Ryebridge completed all works including foundations and piling, tower erection, all in co-ordination with NATS and ATC.

The existing surface movement radar (SMR) tower had to be replaced and as such a new tower had to be constructed to facilitate this and the current health and safety regulations around working at height. Ryebridge were tasked with designing and building the foundations for the tower and to project manage the construction of the new tower and the installation of the new SMR. On completion we were then tasked with the removal of the old tower and radar. This was all done adjacent to London Luton Airport’s Taxiway Alpha, the main artery of the airport.

The project was completed on time, on budget and without any major disruption.


Sports and leisure

From swimming pools to gymnasiums and tennis courts to running tracks and football pitches, Ryebridge Construction are experts in the sports and leisure sector.

Clients have included  David Lloyd Leisure Centre, Next Generation and various local authorities.

Completed projects include Gidea Park near Romford, a sports centre near Twickenham, Watford Woodside and Horley Leisure Centre.

Smaller civils

Ryebridge Construction also work on a host of smaller projects up and down the country. 

To date these have included new schools, offices, car parks, residential developments and a whole host of projects in the private and commercial sector.

£600,000 Redhill Aerodrome

Ryebridge was appointed by Surrey’s Redhill Aerodrome to realign its existing runway, which forms part of the perimeter taxiway, and to remove the curve within it. The runway was closed for the duration of the works, with the remainder of the airfield open and maintained for light aircraft traffic including helicopters.

The close proximity of an area of environmental significance provided unique challenges to Ryebridge, who put in additional measures to prevent water contamination.

An envirobund was constructed to protect flora and fauna and to help with the water run-off, along with temporary diversion ditches designed to prevent run-off entering the water course until the final drainage was installed.

Works involved:

• Partial full depth breakout of existing runway, returning it to soft with compliant gradients to EASA – 1600m2
• Removal and disposal of contaminated asphalt
• Full depth construction of new aircraft pavement to widen and realign runway
• New asphalt surfacing over the newly constructed realigned runway including an asphalt reinforcement grid – 7500m2
• Groove finished asphalt surface
• The reinstatement of surface markings
• Installation of a new drainage system
• Regrading and landscaping

£1.2m Plymouth Energy From Waste Facility

Kier Infrastructure commissioned Ryebridge to install new concrete pavement around the new South West Devon Energy From Waste plant.

The plant is set to provide the South West Devon Waste Partnership (SWDWP) with heat and steam to the dockyard all year round.

Ryebridge’s work included associated access ramps, drainage and paving.

The main works involved were:

  • Construction of new fibremesh concrete pavement with dowelled bays – 6000m2
  • Installation of new concrete reinforced HGV access ramps to facilitate the access of waste vehicles into the facility – 20m x 10m x 3m high
  • Construction of a new pit and duct system for the utilities to serve the facility which included the construction of full concrete reinforced pits 3mx3m and 3m deep
  • New kerbs including standard HB2’s, Granite and Enviro – 2000m
  • New drainage system
  • Architectural paving including incorporation of tree pits with architectural features – 1400m2
  • Resin paving – 300m2

Signature Stage 1: £4M Aircraft Hanger

In 2012 Ryebridge Construction was appointed by building contractor John Sisk & Son to undertake the civil construction on a new hanger, apron and cargo compound at London Luton Airport (LLA) for Signature Flight Support.  Its role was to liaise with LLA operatives to demolish existing buildings, secure site security fencing, remove hazardous waste, install deep drainage and lay 5,000 m3 concrete to create a new compound, with the former compound then being removed. This involved breaking 6,000m3 of concrete and recycling it back to a type 1 material for reuse.

Signature Stage 2: £4M Hanger Demolition

Stage 2's Hanger demotion was to create new stands.

In 2014 Ryebridge Construction was appointed directly by Signature Flight Support to undertake a key phase of their London Luton Airport expansion plan.

This involved the demolition of Hanger 62, a complex project given the proximity of nearby stands (just 20m away), the fact the hanger was built over a live substation and existence of ballistic steel and bomb proof concrete. Adding to the challenge was the weather. The tail end of a hurricane took hold as the team were carefully removing roof sheets.

Once the building was removed the slab was broken up and recycled back into a useable product. Drainage was then laid followed by 4,000sqm of pavement quality concrete. This won Ryebridge was removed and the slab taken away and recycled – an initiative which won Ryebridge its second Green Apple Award for environmental excellence – drainage was then laid. The substation was then relocated and a blast proof acoustic fence erected.

This project was delivered on time and to the original budget – something the team at Signature Flight Support thought remarkable.

HV Ringmain

In the 2015 Ryebridge was proud to receive a third consecutive RoSpa Gold Award for its work on the HV Ringmain at London Luton Airport, where in partnership with Bowers Electrical Ltd they updated the 50+ year old High Voltage infrastructure that feeds the airfield.

Ryebridge installed 11km of HV cable around a live airport environment having only one minor cable strike throughout the whole job. It installed a new substation, high voltage cable diversion/installation and Thrust Boring under taxiways and runway.

To reduce damage to the airports runway and taxiways, Ryebridge implemented horizontal directional drilling (HDD), a steerable trenchless method of installing underground pipes, conduits and cables in a shallow arc along a prescribed bore path using a surface-launched drilling rig, with minimal impact on the surrounding area, something that Ryebridge always strives to do.