Significant work underway to improve Goodwood Aerodrome runways
A large project is underway at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex, which will result in an improved service for all users of the facility, both home-based customers and visiting pilots.
In operation since 1939, Goodwood’s runways have never had any substantial investment until now, but the Estate has given the go-ahead for major drainage works to begin. Once completed, the project will ensure that the grass runways are less affected by adverse weather and provide a much smoother runway surface.
Phase one of the project started in January and the re-graded runways are scheduled to re-open fully in July. During the works, the Aerodrome has been reduced from three to one runway, but disruptions to operations have been kept to a minimum. There will be two further phases of development required to complete the overall project, which will take place over the next two years.
Leading international engineering firm Jacobs was drafted in to design the new drainage system and their expertise was used to establish the best long-term solution. Following their recommendations, Salisbury-based sports turf specialists MJ Abbott have commenced the groundworks.
Goodwood Aerodrome General Manager, Dave Ford, said; “We are extremely fortunate and appreciative of being in a position to invest in the Aerodrome facilities here at Goodwood. The works are progressing very well at the moment and we are hopeful that they will be completed on schedule.
“The runway improvements will be a huge benefit to our customers – both those who base their aircraft here and those who come and enjoy our experiences – as well as visiting pilots and crews from elsewhere in the south.
“It is important for us to maintain the heritage of this historic Aerodrome and the works are being done in a sensitive manner, in order to preserve the asset that we have and ensure its sustainability for the future.”