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Atkins lands five Heathrow expansion contracts

Heathrow expansion

Atkins has won five contracts to support Heathrow Airport’s expansion programme.

The firm, which is part of Heathrow’s integrated design team, will provide advisory services as the airport gears up for further public consultation in June, followed by the submission of a development consent order application in 2020.

The integrated design team also includes Arup, Grimshaw, Mott MacDonald, Jacobs, Quod and Wood Group.

Atkins will work on improvements to airport connectivity, energy and utilities, water infrastructure including drainage and flood prevention and land use.

The firm will also provide construction delivery support, and advise on design for manufacture and assembly, modern construction methods, and the design of temporary infrastructure.

Atkins will be the lead consultant for all five contracts and will be supported by its integrated design team partners as well as WSP and BuroHappold.

Atkins aviation market director Steve Tasker said: “As we continue to design plans for Heathrow’s sustainable expansion, this collaborative delivery model will allow us to work at pace and with agility. As one of seven consultants in the integrated design team, we are designing interdependent assets on a scale not seen before in our industry and in a manner which will set the benchmark for future major infrastructure programmes.”

Heathrow head of design Barry Weeks added: “As early adopters of Project 13, we see the integrated design team as the perfect vehicle to drive and develop the way Heathrow works with its supply chain and industry partners to provide long-term value to its customers.”

Project 13 was developed by the ICE for the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and aims to get the industry to operate on a more collaborative basis. This means focusing on customer outcomes, construction and management of the whole life of assets, working together to become more productive and innovative and better managing delivery schedules and costs.

“Atkins will draw on local expertise and its regional hubs to deliver the work, with a focus on providing career and development opportunities for graduates and apprentices,” the firm said. 

Heathrow airport expansion bosses are waiting for the outcome of the judicial review of the government’s decision to back construction of a third runway.

Five legal challenges to the expansion programme – from Heathrow Hub, environmentalists, London mayor Sadiq Khan and local councils – were simultaneously heard at the High Court at the end of March.

They were mounted after the House of Commons voted in favour of building the runway, approving transport secretary Chris Grayling’s National Policy Statement (NPS) by 415 votes to 119, in June last year.

A ruling is expected by the end of May.

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