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Airports review halts Gatwick and Heathrow projects

GATWICK AIRPORT'S £77M Pier 6 and Victor pier at Heathrow Terminal 4 are two high profile casualties of BAA's review of its construction projects following the 11 September terrorist attacks in New York.

Reductions in flight numbers and consolidation in the airline industry prompted the emergency review (NCE 27 September) .

'The projects have been deferred, not cancelled, ' said BAA construction director Andrew Wolstenholme this week. 'And the review is ongoing so when the market changes we can quickly switch the projects on again.'

Enabling works for Pier 6 are complete at Gatwick with work on the main pier structure due to start this month. 'The preassembled units have all gone to be stored so they are ready for when we need them, ' Wolstenholme said.

'There has been no huge slashing of the construction programme, ' he added. BAA will spend £366M on capital works at its airports this year, post review.

Last year it invested £326M. In 2002 the company's construction budget will be something over £300M.

INFOPLUS www. gmpte. gov. uk

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