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Heathrow chief pledges opportunities for all in £17.6bn expansion project

Heathrow airport’s chief executive has pledged that suppliers from all over the UK will work on the firm’s proposed £17.6bn expansion project, including a third runway.

John Holland-Kaye said the procurement strategy for the scheme would include a focus on boosting growth in all UK regions.

He was speaking at a conference earlier this month the Airports Commission recommended that Heathrow be allowed to build a third runway. The government has yet to give the final green light to the scheme.

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 around 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.”

He said the west London airport would develop a comprehensive procurement strategy for the expansion project.

This would focus on developing skills, creating jobs and encouraging growth across the whole of the UK - ensuring that small firms across the country have a chance to work on the major scheme - said Holland-Kaye.

A procurement forum will be created with representatives from different sectors and regions.

This will aim to ensure Heathrow has the right strategy to deliver the expansion project on time and on budget, while considering the wider implications of other major programmes underway, and nationwide supply chain opportunities for growth.

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