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Deadline set for Heathrow expansion ideas

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Firms have just under a month to put forward their ideas on how to make Heathrow’s expansion plans better, New Civil Engineer understands.

With parliament set to vote on the third runway following the current recess, Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) has set the parameters for Expression of Interest pitches.  

In April, Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) called on suppliers to submit fresh ideas on expansion ahead of its final masterplan being published next year. 

It comes as parliament is expected to vote on the third runway this month, with a final National Policy Statement on expansion published as early as the next two weeks.

Firms have until 12pm on 15 June to register their interest in putting forward ideas, and until 12pm on 27 June to submit proposals.

Any suggestions from potential “Innovation Partners” for alternative design, engineering or construction paths for expansion must align with the government’s National Policy Statement (NPS) for expansion.

Successful proposals will be developed into business cases and later pitched to HAL.

There is widespread support in parliament for expansion but conditions could be attached to a green light, such as ruling out a fourth runway and strict compensation measures for affected residents.

If it passes the Commons vote, several London boroughs and Transport for London are expected to join forces to launch a legal challenge against the third runway.

Any vote on expansion must take place within 21 days of the NPS being published, and parliament breaks for summer recess on 24 July.

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