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Dogfight over airbase

CONTRACTS WILTSHIRE

A TRIO of rivals is vying to land a £20 million runway resurfacing contract at a Ministry of Defence airbase in Amesbury, Wiltshire.

Fitzpatrick, Lagan and Colas have returned bids, with a winner to be chosen in September.

The 3,000 m Boscombe Down runway, originally built in 1985, needs completely resurfacing. The work also includes upgrading parts of the taxiways.

The base is used for testing a range of aircraft, from small planes to fast jets.