31/03/2010

Lagan Builds Business In Africa

A second foreign contract deal has just been signed by a Belfast-based construction business.

Just weeks after Lagan Construction won a £105 million contract for the construction of the new Benazir Bhutto International Airport at Islamabad, Pakistan, the go-ahead firm has revealed that a two-year project in Sierra Leone has been awarded to Lagan's international division.

In partnership with local contractors, the deal is for the first phase of the development that involves the construction of airside infrastructure works at Freetown Lungi International Airport, which was previously a UK Royal Air Force station.
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Lagan Construction will carry out a complete refurbishment of the airside infrastructure in the £8m contract at the airport, which handles most international and domestic flights in and out of Sierra Leone.

Lagan's international division will deliver the project, which it said would entail resurfacing the main bituminous runway, and widening turning loops and on taxiway accesses, by reconstruction and reprofiling the existing bituminous shoulders.

Lagan was awarded the contract by the Government of Sierra Leone, part-funded by the World Bank. Work is due to start next month and will continue until January.

The project is Lagan's first in Africa.

(BMcC/GK)

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