Bechtel has been appointed to deliver the £180M Pier 6 extension at Gatwick Airport.
The project will more than double the size of Pier 6 in the North Terminal to “ensure service levels and operational efficiency.”
Bechtel will manage engineering, procurement and construction works alongside Gatwick’s construction and development teams. The airport is investing £180M in the project as part of its current five-year capital investment programme.
Gatwick construction director Raymond Melee said: “This is one of the most important programmes of work we have in our current capital investment programme as it will give a crucial boost to our operational efficiency and help us to grow sustainably.
“It will be complex, as it is right in the heart of our airfield, but we are experienced in delivering complicated projects in challenging environments at Gatwick.
“We are grateful for the partnership with Bechtel whose experience will be invaluable. We look forward to our teams working side-by-side as we deliver a world class project while not compromising the airport experience for our passenger.”
Bechtel UK managing director Paul Gibbs said: “This appointment is a positive reflection of our partnership with Gatwick Airport.
“We know that construction in the middle of a very busy airfield can be complex, so we will be working alongside Gatwick’s operational teams to ensure the work is sequenced carefully and that the passenger experience is maintained throughout.”
Construction will begin after the A380 aeroplane stand has been moved from Pier 6 to Pier 5, and the taxiway has been widened and realigned to let the aircraft move between the runway and the new stand.
Work is planned to start next year and the pier is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2022.