The Fifth Estate

Construction of the new Western Sydney International (Nancy Bird Walton) Airport’s 3.7 kilometre runway and rapid-exit taxiways is set to start in 2022, and is aiming to meet a stellar benchmark for sustainability, according to the people building it.

Energy efficient design and circular economy principles will be part of the construction, which includes 3000 aeronautical ground lights and more than 40 kilometres of airside roads.

“We’ll be using recycled and reused content where appropriate during airfield construction, including recycled road base, recycled asphalt product and recycled glass as well as reduced carbon materials in concrete,” chief executive of Western Sydney Airport Simon Hickey told The Fifth Estate.

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