Britpave: The British In-Situ Concrete Paving Association

Airfields Task Group

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High availability of runways, taxiways and aprons.


Continuity of airport operation.


High bearing capacity to cope with new and heavier aeroplanes

Britpave is committed to helping the aviation and construction industries adopt good practice, the best and most up-to-date technologies, the most optimal design methods and the most efficient pavement management strategies in order to create and sustain airfield pavements that are affordable, safe to use, easy to maintain and impose the minimum possible impact upon our environment.

Our team of specialists which has come together to form our Airfields and Ports Task Groups includes the best and most experienced airfield designers, constructors, suppliers and operators in the UK today.

This forum’s agreed objectives are:

  • To enhance industry’s technical knowledge and understanding of concrete paving
  • To develop the knowledge of our future engineers in the field of concrete paving
  • To continually improve and communicate the sustainability of airfield concrete paving
  • To provide a forum for networking with clients, specifiers, constructors and suppliers
  • To act as a ‘test bed’ for new products and processes
  • To assist members in developing new routes to market for concrete paving and products

Airport pavements need to meet certain performance requirements to facilitate safe aircraft ground operations. These requirements include:

  • Good rideability
  • Good friction and drainage characteristics
  • High strength to withstand heavy wheel loads and high tyre pressure
  • Resistance to fuel spillages and jet blast
  • Economic maintenance

Due to the physical properties of concrete, a concrete pavement can carry high wheel loads. These properties also make it resistance to damage from fuel and jet blast. Texturing the surface with a brushed or grooved finish provides adequate friction and drainage characteristics. A high standard of joint construction will provide a good ride quality. Concrete pavements therefore, meet the performance required for airfield pavements.

Guidance Notes

The Airfields and Ports Task Groups produce technical Guidance Notes (GN) on all aspects of concrete airfield pavements.

The following Guidance Notes have been published:

  • GN01 – Concrete Joints & Joint Sealing
  • GN02 – Design and Evaluation Methods
  • GN03 – Principles of Design and Assessment
  • GN04 – Surface finish, regularity and texture
  • GN05 – Keyed longitudinal joints for concrete airfield pavements

The following Guidance Notes are currently being produced:

  • Pavement Quality Concrete for Airfield Pavements
  • Concrete Mix Design and Construction
  • Hydraulically Bounds Bases
  • Rapid Repair Techniques

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