Capita Symonds to design runway extension

Design engineering group Capita Symonds has been appointed civil engineering designer for a proposed 300m runway extension at London Southend Airport.

Under the contract, the company will also provide the design for the diversion of a public road across the site, reprovision of a children’s playground and car parking, and the dismantling and relocation of a churchyard wall.

Construction work on the highway diversion is scheduled to start in the autumn, while work on the runway is expected to begin early in 2011.

The project is part of a wider redevelopment of the airport by owners Stobart Air, including a new terminal, ATC tower and railway station.