Why this investment was needed
With over fifty years of flying operations, the ground had become compacted and undulating, resulting in poor drainage. During periods of very wet weather the ground became saturated and the Aerodrome had to close for prolonged periods. To resolve this, a major investment has been made to improve the surface of the runways and the drainage on the Aerodrome.
Specialist consultants were employed to review and recommend a solution. After detailed geological and technical studies, they concluded that many areas become waterlogged because water is unable to penetrate the top 18 inches of the surface due to compaction. Below the surface compaction there is relatively free draining sub soil.
Taking into account these findings, the recommendation was that the surface be regraded and a drainage system built into the runways and aircraft movement areas.