Heathrow bosses have promised to shake up the construction industry after finishing their tour of all 65 UK sites bidding to host one of four offsite construction hubs.
Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) has pledged to push prefabrication into the mainstream during its £14bn expansion scheme, which was approved by parliament last month.
Expansion chiefs will now spend the next six months narrowing down the shortlist.
“As much as possible” will be built at four offsite logistics hubs based around the UK before being transported to site by road, rail or river.
From an initial list of 121 bidders, 65 sites around the UK – including sites owned by Balfour Beatty and Laing O’Rourke – have been vying to impress HAL.
During the next stage, bidders will complete a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) in the autumn before a shortlist is revealed early next year.
The hubs are central to HAL’s expansion pitch and engineers hoping to win work on the third runway must show they can design for offsite construction.
Heathrow expansion executive director Emma Gilthorpe said: “Heathrow expansion is much more than the delivery of Britain’s new runway. Expansion is a once in a generation opportunity to transform British construction as the country prepares for life post-Brexit.
“This nationwide tour has shown us the possibilities offsite construction offers and we’re looking forward to announcing the shortlist early next year.”
Work is expected to start on the third runway in 2021, with a view to opening to air traffic in 2026.
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