London Southend Airport Development


Systems Interface Ltd and the Stobart Group Ltd

Business Need

In the 1940s/50s, London Southend Airport (LSA) had been the UK’s 2nd busiest airport, but the airport had declined steadily in the following years, largely due to a runway length that was too short for economic operation of medium capacity regional jet airliners. Stobart Group acquired the airport in 2008 and subsequently obtained Planning Permission for a 300m runway extension. A £100 million programme of development, both on and off aerodrome, was commenced with an aim to offer scheduled services in readiness for the 2012 London Olympics.

Our Role

The scope of the development included:

  • New Communication, Navigation and Surveillance Equipment
  • New Meteorological Equipment
  • New Control Tower Building
  • Runway Extension and Taxiway Development
  • New Passenger Terminal Building and Apron

Osprey were contracted to develop Safety Cases for all 15 new equipment and systems, as well as the Control Tower Building itself, to meet the requirements of the LSA Safety Management System and CAP 670. We supported the development of the Aerodrome Infrastructure in accordance with CAP 791, including facilitation of a number of Operational Readiness Group (ORG) meetings held prior to commencement of operational services.

We also conducted an Aviation Risk Assessment considering the redirection of a public road necessitated by the Runway Extension.

The Outcome

The work was completed in two phases to allow initial installation of equipment on the aerodrome and subsequent support to the transition of operations to the New Control Tower Building. The work was completed on time and within budget and our work gained the praise from both the Airport and Regulator alike for its completeness, clarity and rigour.

By opening to the public on time, the Airport benefited from the London Olympics in its launch year and secured a long term commitment with a major Budget Airline.


Steve Elks

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Pete Symons

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Nigel Hewitt

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Andy Hirst

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