The UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has completed a runway resurfacing programme at the Royal Air Force Base (RAF) Gibraltar.

Valued at £8m, the project involved the replacement of some 15,000t of asphalt and 200 airfield lights over a period of four months.

DIO Programme and Projects Delivery International deputy head David Graham said: "Investing in infrastructure to enable military capability is a huge part of what DIO delivers for defence so I’m really pleased with how quickly and smoothly this project has progressed.

"This was only possible because of how closely DIO, Lagan Construction, RAF Gibraltar and the government of Gibraltar worked together to mitigate any possible problems."

The principle contractor for the programme was Lagan Construction.

Work was completed during nights, with the base remaining operational throughout.

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The project will enable flights to continue in and out of RAF Gibraltar for the next 20 years.

"I never thought I’d hear myself say that so I will say it again, it was delivered two weeks early and to budget."

Currently, the air force base handles both military and civilian flights on its 6000ft-long runway.

British Forces Gibraltar commander commodore Ian McGhie was quoted by Gibraltar Chronicle a saying: "74,000 man hours were dedicated to resurfacing the runway, all done without a single reported accident."

"And get this, a MoD project that was delivered two weeks early and to budget.

"I never thought I’d hear myself say that so I will say it again, it was delivered two weeks early and to budget."

Image: A mountain at night. Photo: courtesy of Lagan Construction International.