G7 Summit Development

Cornwall Airport, Newquay

2021 saw the G7 summit bring international leaders of the world together in the heart of Cornwall. Cormac ensured the road infrastructure was in excellent order, refurbishing and improving any areas in need, along with further development of Cornwall Airport. These improvements included refining the efficiency of aircraft ground movements through the commissioning of new aprons and taxiways.

Newquay Airport

Innovative creativity, design and delivery

Opening Cornwall to the world

Cormac’s work on this project was extensive. As well as providing complete civil and structural design services, this major design and build project comprised the strengthening of existing taxiways and aprons, extending apron areas to facilitate wide-bodied aircrafts, kerb removal between taxi-ways and aprons, installing aeronautical ground lighting across the site, and installing a foul sewer rising main. Cormac also delivered all associated infrastructure and incidental works.

Cormac's familiarity with the site and operations, phasing of works and experience in the aviation environment enabled us to deliver the programme with minimal interruption to scheduled services or airport operations. This included completing work in critical zones during the night while the airfield was closed.

All of the work was completed during the Covid lockdown which meant difficulties sourcing welfare for eighty personnel and  national material shortages to overcome. But not at a cost to the environment, safety, quality or finance. The project was delivered on time, on budget, and on the world stage. All in just sixteen weeks. 




Exemplary Health & Safety

Ensuring the proper provisions are in place

Our full culture of health and safety, already embedded within Cormac, was proactively applied throughout the project.  From the inception, health and safety was managed in accordance with the CDM regulations, as well as in full compliance with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations. 

Global Connections

Showcasing Cornwall to the world

Delegates from the United States of America, UK, Germany, France, Canada, Italy, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Australia, the EU Commission and Council flew into Newquay to debate global issues at the G7 event hosted in Carbis Bay. Joe Biden's first steps in the South West were taken on this project.

Bringing the G7 event to Cornwall has had a positive effect to the Cornish economy.  Showcasing Cornwall to the world enhances the tourism opportunities and markets the county’s other industries and opportunities, whilst promoting inward investment. It gave us the chance to showcase the geography and talent to produce renewable energy, digital businesses, top quality food and drink producers and all things environmental. Cornwall also hosts the lithium mining industry, geothermal drilling as well as being at the cutting edge of renewable energy with plans for offshore wind turbines to complement the existing and proposed onshore wind turbines and solar farms.

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  • Our design and delivery of the project was tailored to accommodate the G7 event, whilst providing an ongoing legacy by increasing the handling capacity of the airport. The efficiency of our processes, allowed us to reduce our carbon footprint, and keep disruption to a minimum.

    James Hodge

    Senior Project Manager

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Cormac began as a business with a remit to service all the civil engineering needs of Cornwall. As a consequence we have an extensive range of specialist skillsets, and can offer a true end-to-end service to our clients in Cornwall and beyond.

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