CGX Connect, the flagship commercial development at Gloucestershire Airport, has reached a critical delivery milestone with access to the site now complete.

Karen Taylor, managing director, Gloucestershire Airport, has described this as a “significant” step towards delivering the final scheme which, when complete, will provide around 30,000m2 of flexible floor space in a prime location for businesses operating in the logistics and industry sectors, while also potentially creating up to 1,500 employment opportunities.

Montel Civil Engineering, instructed by Gloucestershire-based project manager Vitruvius Management Services as principal contractor, has delivered the work to date. This has included building a new entrance into the development, the diversion and protection of existing and new services, and the widening of access to the B4063 road to allow a dedicated right turn for those coming from the west, alongside enabling works to clear the site, construct pedestrian refuges, and put in place new streetlights, signage and road markings.

GFirst LEP (Gloucestershire's Local Enterprise Partnership) provided £1.885m in Growth Deal funding to support the infrastructure work needed to deliver CGX Connect.

“These are exciting times for Gloucestershire Airport and CGX Connect. We’ve already seen strong interest in CGX Connect from businesses in Gloucestershire and the West Country, as well as those with national operations,” said Taylor.

“Now that there’s vehicular access to the site, we expect things to move quickly. Before now no one could access the site to build. This access road will unlock future development and brings us one step closer to realising a landmark development with the potential to unlock so much growth for the region.”

Alongside CGX Connect, work to upgrade the airport’s runways is well underway and due to be complete this summer. The airport’s crosswind runway (04-22) has already re-opened. Work is currently ongoing to resurface the main runway (09-27), install new lighting, upgrade signage and drainage, and install below ground infrastructure.