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Lagan Holdings spreads its wings

By Nigel Tilson

The civil engineering arm of Ulster company Lagan Holdings has secured two major projects - in the Caribbean and the Isle of Man. Lagan Construction has signed a multi-million pound deal to redevelop part of the runway at Bermuda International Airport.

And it is also to carry out a water main project on the Isle of Man.

Commissioned by Bermuda's Department of Airport Operations, the $$14.28m scheme at the Caribbean airport involves the milling of the existing pavement and hot mix asphalt concrete resurfacing of a taxiway, apron and section of runway along with new runway markings.

The 16-week programme will be delivered at night to enable the airport to remain operational during the works.

Lagan will use its own asphalt plant and machinery to lay 48,700 tonnes of asphalt concrete made with aggregates from Canada and bitumen from the US. The main resurfacing work will begin in February.

Lagan Construction is a specialist in runway improvement schemes and its expert teams operate internationally to deliver projects at the world's busiest airports as well as some of the most remote locations.

Elsewhere in the Caribbean, work is nearing completion on a $$62m contract it secured for a major project at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico.

Lagan Construction's water main project on the Isle of Man is worth £790,000. The deal with the Isle of Man Water Authority covers phase two of the Ballacallin mains scheme.

It will involve the installation of 2.2km of pipe, including 500 metres of directional drilling at three separate locations: down an escarpment, under a heritage trail and beneath the River Neb.

Work on the 20-week Ballacallin programme will begin in November 2008.

Lagan Construction has delivered a number of high profile projects on the Isle of Man since establishing a base there in 1996.

The company is currently building the new Douglas Water Treatment Works, part of the £32m Crystal Project, alongside Earth Tech Engineering.

When complete, the plant will treat up to 37m litres of water a day to supply properties in Douglas, Braddan, Laxey, Onchan and in the south of the island.

Previous IoM contracts include Ronaldsway Airport extension, Sulby Water Treatment Works and more recently Meary Veg Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Ballaugh to Kirk Michael pipeline and Ballagawne mains reinforcement programme.

Belfast-based Lagan Holdings is part of the £550m turnover Lagan group of companies which owns a number of construction-related businesses and employs upwards of 1,500 people across Northern Ireland, the Republic, GB, the Isle of Man and internationally, particularly in the Caribbean.

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