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Dublin Airport. Stock image

Dublin Airport. Stock image

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A consortium of Irish company Roadbridge and Spanish group FCC has been named preferred bidder for the construction of a new runway at Dublin Airport, the Irish Independent understands.

The contract includes the construction of the runway itself, as well as associated taxiways and is part of a wider €320m infrastructure project there.

"We are currently in a procurement process for the main North Runway construction contract and have yet to appoint a contractor," said a DAA spokesman.

The managing director of Roadbridge, Conor Gilligan, did not respond to calls seeking comment. Limerick- based Roadbridge is a family- owned civil engineering firm.

Roadbridge has already been involved in preparation works for the runway.

In 2016 it was named main contractor for part of the project that included a diverting a road and site clearance.

FCC helped to construct a €40m fuel farm that opened at Dublin Airport this year. Roadbridge and FCC hired Spanish company Sener and engineering consultancy Arup this year to design construction works for the runway as the tender process continued.

Construction of the 3.1km runway, due to open in 2021, is set to start by the end of the year. The precise cost of the runway and taxiways construction isn't known, but it's a significant element of the total €320m cost of the overall project. Other costs include house and school insulation.

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