Heathrow names expansion contractors

Heathrow has announced the four winning bidders who would do the work to expand the airport if an additional runway is approved.

Arup, CH2M, MACE and Turner & Townsend have been chosen to work alongside Heathrow Airport Limited to deliver Heathrow’s expansion.

Last July the Government’s independent Airports Commission unanimously and unambiguously recommended the expansion of Heathrow and said that it could be done within environmental limits. With the programme’s client partners now on board Heathrow says it is ready to begin the process of expansion as soon as Government gives the green light.

Heathrow say their expansion programme will focus on creating a world class, sustainable hub airport which is commercially attractive to both Heathrow’s shareholders and the airlines. It will be tasked with developing a skilled, nationwide supply chain that can expand the airport on-time, on-budget, to world-class standards whilst spreading the benefits right across the country. The partners have been tasked with ensuring the programme is delivered to the highest industry standards in planning, innovation and quality.

Ian Ballentine, Heathrow Director of Procurement said: “I’m delighted that our client partners are now on board and I look forward to working with them to give the UK a truly world-class, sustainable hub airport. This privately financed, £16bn project will benefit the whole UK as we work to widen the supply-chain right across the nation.”

Arup Group Chairman, Gregory Hodkinson said: “We’re delighted that Arup has been selected as a Programme Client Partner (PCP). This strategic appointment to be a key member of the integrated client team builds on our 30 year relationship with Heathrow. As part of the leadership team, we bring extensive cross sector experience of the successful development and delivery of large complex programmes in the UK, as well leading aviation expertise from working with over 100 airports globally. We look forward to working with Heathrow and our fellow partners to fulfil Heathrow’s vision of world-class, sustainable, airport that benefits all of the UK.”

James Rowntree, Managing Director Transportation Europe at CH2M said: “We are delighted to be appointed by Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited, bringing our UK and international programme and technical aviation experience to support their expansion plans.

“Improving access and capacity at high quality international aviation hubs such as Heathrow is critical to London and the wider UK economy ensuring that the country remains competitive on the global stage.”

Jason Millett, Chief Operating Officer for Major Programmes and Infrastructure at Mace, said: “This is a fantastic result for Mace and is a credit to the whole team. This appointment further cements our longstanding relationship with Heathrow and strengthens our position as a leading constructor and programme manager. The expansion of Heathrow will secure the UK’s future growth and is vital to the country’s economic success, which we are ready to deliver.”

Turner & Townsend Chief Executive Vincent Clancy said: “We are delighted to be supporting Heathrow in the next phase of their expansion. We are ready to bring our programme management and commercial expertise from airports in over 20 countries to deliver the capacity and global connectivity the UK so urgently needs.

“The Airports Commission has made a clear recommendation and we now need the Government to stop stalling and give Heathrow permission to build an airport of which the country can be proud.”

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