TPA has won a three-year contract with the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).

The contract, which began in 2019, will see temporary roadway specialist provide the world famous airshow with trackway and ground protection.

At RIAT 2019, TPA supplied 3,100 heavy-duty aluminium Trax panels, providing more than seven kilometres of temporary access roads to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

The three-metre wide panels took two TPA crews three weeks to install and two weeks to recover. They were used in multiple locations, including around the main grandstand, a disabled compound, pedestrian walkways, car park access lanes and three off-site camp sites.

They were delivered daily by artic and laid, mostly as three-metre wide accesses, to the exacting schedule agreed in advance with the organisers, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises.

Clive Boon, TPA business development representative, said: “It was a challenging project logistically, being over such a large area and with multiple locations. It involved a lot of planning and meetings with the client to come up with a delivery and installation timetable that met their schedule.”

Paul Sayer, head of ground operations for the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, explained that TPA were invited to tender for the project based on its work at the RAF Waddington Airshow in Lincolnshire in 2015 and at RAF Scampton Airshow in Lincolnshire in 2017.

TPA won the contract because its products were “fit for purpose” and an “acceptable price”.

Sayer added: “I get one chance a year to get it right and I have to trust the people I have contracted to do the work and the best way to get that trust is to develop a good professional relationship. If I get that over the six-week time period with a team who know their stuff it helps me do a good job.

“There were some moments along the way as this job has scores of different locations with different access challenges but the TPA team were all about doing a good job and you only get that if the team understands the bigger picture.”