Heathrow Airport’s determination to move swiftly into the delivery phase is evidenced by the setting up of a Procurement Forum to engage the supply chain in the £16bn expansion project.
The Airport says that it will now begin to develop a comprehensive procurement strategy for the £15.6 billion in private investment that will deliver new hub airport capacity for the UK. The strategy will focus on developing skills, creating jobs and encouraging growth across the whole of the UK – ensuring that SMEs across the country have the confidence and the support they need to access Heathrow’s supply chain.
The Airport say work will begin immediately, with the creation of a Procurement Forum with representatives from different sectors and experiences and from across different regions who will work with Heathrow to champion and challenge the procurement strategy of the airport’s expansion. The objective of the forum will be to make sure Heathrow has the right strategy in place to deliver Heathrow expansion both on time and on budget, whilst also considering the wider implications of other major programmes underway, and the supply chain opportunities for growth across Britain.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “With expansion, we will create tens of thousands of skilled jobs while we build, as well as when we have built – skills that will leave a legacy of construction excellence in this country that can be sold all round the world. When we built Terminal 2, on time and on budget, we spread our supply chain to all parts of the UK, and we will do the same again, ensuring that all of Britain benefits from Heathrow expansion.”
Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses Policy Director said: “Airport expansion is a tremendous opportunity for small firms across the UK to grow their businesses and help deliver significant much-needed infrastructure. We’re delighted to be working with the team at Heathrow, and will join its Procurement Forum to ensure that smaller firms get equal opportunity of access in the supply chain to deliver a project of this scale and importance.”