Belfast Telegraph

Lagan Group wins airport project

By Margaret Canning

A division of Northern Ireland construction giant Lagan Group is creating 100 jobs after winning a €15m project to upgrade Shannon Airport in the Republic of Ireland.

Lagan Asphalt Group, which is based in Dublin and has offices in Co Clare, won the tender to upgrade the runway - the longest in Ireland at nearly two miles.

Workers from Lagan Asphalt will repair the surface of the runway, replace its lighting and carry out other works.

The project - the first full resurfacing of Shannon's runway in 34 years - is financed by the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund.

Matthew Thomas, chief executive of Shannon Group, said: "Our runway is the airport's greatest asset and has been the central artery of the airport, allowing it to grow passenger numbers by 24% over the past four years.

"We want to see this continue and this why the runway upgrade project is needed to protect this investment."

Kevin Lagan, chief executive and chairman of the Lagan Group, said: "As a company that provides a full range of construction services, runway rehabilitations and associated works are an important part of our business." He said the group was a market leader in quarry materials, bitumen, construction products and civil engineering.

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