DAA has awarded the main construction contract for Dublin Airport’s new north runway to a joint venture comprising Irish firm Roadbridge and Spanish infrastructure company FCC Construcción.

The contract is for the design and construction of the new 3.1 km north runway at Dublin Airport. 

Preparatory site works will begin immediately and ground works will start in January.

Construction of the new runway is due to be completed in early 2021 and commissioning will then take place.

The contract includes building 306,000 sq.m of new runway and taxiways, and 6km of new internal airport roads, as well as installing new drainage and pollution controls, 7.5km of electrical cable, and more than 2,000 new runway and taxiway lights.

The north runway will be built at no cost to the State - as DAA is not funded by the taxpayer - and will support the creation of 31,200 new jobs and €2.2 billion in additional economic activity by 2043.

"We are delighted to award this key contract to Roadbridge FCC and to move to the next phase of our plans to deliver the new north runway," said DAA Chief Executive Dalton Philips.

"North runway is an essential project for Ireland, as it will position the country for future economic growth for many decades to come," Mr Philips added.

"North runway isn’t Dublin’s new runway; it is Ireland’s new runway and it will boost the performance of Irish tourism, trade and foreign direct investment in a post-Brexit world."

Roadbridge Managing Director Conor Gilligan said the Limerick-based company was honoured to be part of the consortium that will build North Runway.

"We are thrilled to be involved with such a prestigious and vital national project," Mr Gilligan said.

FCC Construcción’s UK & Ireland Director Miguel Ángel Mayor said FCC had a strong track record in Ireland and looked forward to working closely with DAA to build the new runway.

"We have been operating successfully in Ireland for many years and also have significant experience of runway construction both in Europe and South America, having built more than 4.5 million sq m of airport runways," he said.

About 300 construction jobs will be created onsite during the project, with hundreds more in sub-supply firms offsite. The commissioning phase of the runway project will also create additional employment both onsite and offsite.

The DAA said it is mindful of its local communities and mitigation measures, such as a voluntary house purchase scheme, and a sound insulation programme for homes that will be affected are already in place.

Dublin Airport is also investing €10 million in a Community Fund that will support a wide range of local initiatives over the next 25 years and has also bought land in the area, where it will create a new public park.