Gatwick Airport has urged contractors interested in working on its £7.8bn second runway scheme to bid for places on three frameworks launched this month.
The Sussex airport launched procurement for three deals that will primarily cover design and engineering for its separate £1bn transformation programme, which centres on improvements to its North Terminal.
But Gatwick told contractors that framework contractors could also carry out early works for a second runway. The Airports Commission last year recommended that Heathrow be allowed to expand rather than Gatwick, but a government decision is still awaited.
The airport also said firms winning places on these latest deals can compete for further expansion works if the second runway is approved.
“The publication of three new frameworks sends a clear message to the industry that Gatwick has a pipeline of major construction work that will satisfy all types of construction industry partners,” said Gatwick Airport development director Raymond Melee.
“We are investing £2.5bn to transform our airport and continue to drive growth while we wait for the green light to start building our second runway. With frameworks spanning a five-year timeframe, it’s important that potential partners in the runway build are included in these frameworks so we can keep the process moving forward.”
The three frameworks will cover:
- Airport planning services
- Architectural, structural and building services design and engineering for projects less than £5M
- Multi-discipline design and engineering for projects greater than £5M
The estimated value of these frameworks is approximately £75M.
Meanwhile Gatwick has appointed emission analysis expert Simon Sturgis as its carbon tsar.
Sturgis – who is on the Green Construction Board’s Circular Economy Group and a government-funded team helping to implement British Standard 15978 – will publish proporals for minimising the impact of construction on the airport’s carbon footprint.