Gatwick has shortlisted 17 engineering and construction companies for a £750M framework, which forms part of its planned five-year £1.2bn capital expenditure programme.
The framework is for building, civil engineering and mechanical and electrical engineering. Within these three disciplines, work is split into low and medium complexity lots, meaning there were six lots to bid for.
It covers low complexity projects worth up to £1.5M and medium-complexity projects worth between £1M to £10M. A total of 127 companies expressed interest in pre-qualifying. Preferred bidders on the most complex jobs will be named soon.
Short listed companies are Vinci, Galliford Try, Balfour Beatty, Volker Fitzpatrick, Interserve, Harvey Group, Murphy, Kier, Wates, Marco, Dyer & Butler, Colas, Bam Nuttall, Raymond Brown, Gratte Bros, SSE Contracting and Ergro.
Kier, Volker Fitzpatrick, Bam Nuttall, Interserve and Galliford Try were shortlisted for the medium-complexity civils framework. Colas, Balfour Beatty, Dyer & Butler, Raymond Brown and Galliford Try were shortlisted for the low-complexity framework for civils work. Work will be released within each framework on either a negotiated or mini bid basis.
The work includes expanding the North Terminal international lepartures Lounge; increasing the capacity of the South Terminal international departures lounge; the North Terminal early bag store; South Terminal immigration halls expansion; additional aircraft parking stands, taxiway optimisation; remote parking stands; increased car parking capacity for short stay, long stay and staff car parks across airport as well as surface access and road network improvements.
The £1.2bn capital expenditure programme is based on a single runway Gatwick, but the airport says that the announcement is a sign of confidence in its future growth as the sector awaits the government decision on south east airport capacity. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has back Gatwicks plans for a second runway.
Gatwick development director, Raymond Melee, said: “These contractors will help to deliver the next phase of Gatwick’s transformation, which has already seen £1.3bn of investment since independent ownership in 2009. Gatwick is growing fast with more than 41M passengers a year now travelling through the world’s busiest single runway airport – a decade ahead of industry predictions. As we rapidly approach full capacity, Gatwick stands ready to deliver a second runway.”