Grooving is used to increase surface adhesion and prevent aeroplanes aquaplaning on runways by removing
surface water. It is believed to be the most cost effective way to increase the co-efficient of friction in
the wet whilst improving safety. It also reduces the take-off and landing distances of aircraft.
Lloyd Drilling have grooved runways for the past 37 years. Whilst we carry out other work on runways
(drilling and sawing), our runway expertise is grooving. We are specialists. Our grooves are uniform due to
our specially built equipment with optimum performance 750mm. wide cutting heads. Our teams pride themselves
on the finished product. The machinery is maintained on a daily basis during contracts, ensuring
reliability. Whether you require day, night or split shift working we will work with you to meet your every
requirement. We believe that grooving is a standalone specialist service providing the critical "finish",
the safety blanket, to runways that have cost hundreds of thousands to create.
When choosing a grooving contractor, it is important to consider all the elements of the proposal, the
estimated cost per square metre to the estimated time for completion. One important consideration is the
contractors track record in delivering the job to time and schedule. In the past, we have been contacted to
ensure that a delayed contract is finished on time. Bring in the experts from the start and we will tell you
if the programme is too tight and will work with others rather than commit to an impossible schedule. We
always make every effort to deliver on time.
Our operation is supported by water tankers, vacuum pick units and mechanical brushes. We will provide as
much of this ancillary plant as you require, working self-sufficiently or working with other subcontractors.
Over the past few years Lloyd Drilling have completed major grooving contracts at the following airports -
Stansted, RAF Brize Norton, Leeds Bradford, Falkland Islands, Gatwick, Cork, Dublin.
Please contact us on your next grooving project and let us offer our experience. You lay the runway we’ll do
the grooving. We would be more than willing to meet to discuss your requirements.