Bechtel has been chosen by Gatwick Airport to deliver its planned second runway, if the government gives the proposal the go-ahead over Heathrow’s plans for a third runway.
The government is expected to make a decision on south east airport capacity this month.
Bechtel has been working up the management plan for the project for the last two years and said it can complete the project by 2025, citing its experience on Crossrail, the Channel Tunnel and High Speed 1 (HS1). It is working with architect Sir Terry Farrell on the plans.
“We have provided Gatwick with robust plans for a second runway and are confident that this low risk project can be built to the highest quality, safely and sustainably – and that it can be operational by 2025,” said Bechtel’s general manager for infrastructure in Europe Amjad Bangash.
Gatwick Airport chief executive Stewart Wingate added: “Bechtel is a global leader with a strong track record in delivering significant infrastructure projects and we look forward to working together to deliver the UK’s next runway.
“Gatwick expansion can happen quickly because it is simple and low risk with a dramatically lower environmental impact.
“A bigger Gatwick would generate the new long haul routes and the economic boost that Britain needs. It’s time for Gatwick to deliver the certainty and growth the UK needs.”