Secondary school resources

The Runway

The Runway


The runway at Greenham Common was built in 1941 and then extended in 1954 for the use of the American Airforce making it the longest runway in Europe at the that time. When it was decided to restore the airbase to heathland it was necessary to undertake a major project to remove the runway and other infrastructure such as the aprons and fuel storage.


The resources below tell the story of how this project was managed by Raymond Brown the main contractor for removing and recycling the materials from the runway. This module is closely associated with the quarrying module which formed another major part of the restoration project.

Media Files

Runway Presentation


Power Point Presentation


Media File

The Runway
Flash File


Media File

Raymond Brown Report
Flash File


RelAted Website Links

New Greenham Park - Sustainability

Greenham Common Trust was granted the Queen‘s Award For Enterprise: Sustainable Development, for its work in creating a sustainable commercial development.


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